The Kyabazinga of Busoga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV has sent a congratulatory message to the Uganda Cranes team following their qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Cranes beat Comoros 1-0 at Namboole on Sunday to break a 38-year-old Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) jinx by qualifying for the 2017 edition in Gabon.
The Kyabazinga was among the spectators in Namboole and he was seen smiling ear-to-ear on the final whistle as jubilant Ugandans invaded the turf.
“I salute our gallant sons, the entire Fufa Executive, the Government of the Republic of Uganda and all stakeholders of Football in Uganda upon this historic milestone that we should all savor,” said the Kyabazinga in a statement released by the Busoga Kingdom this evening. “I particularly commend you (Moses Magogo) for leading the Federation in revamping our football and specifically the success of the Cranes. This achievement is merited given your long and dedicated service to sports in Busoga and Uganda as a whole.”
The Kyabazinga pledged necessary institutional support to in identifying and developing the vast available sports talent that is required by various National Teams, to ensure that Uganda regularly excels at the continental and global sporting showpieces.
“I urge you to work with all stakeholders to provide the necessary environment and resource support such as the prioritization of sports within the school curriculum, establishment of robust sports’ development processes and programs, and the availability of the requisite infrastructure including maintaining public play grounds in our communities,” added the King.
His statement further states: “The success of the Uganda Cranes should inspire all of us, especially the youth. It is a clear manifestation that what appears to be a “glass ceiling” can be easily broken if we institute the necessary processes, and are purposeful and united. The triumph of the Cranes should therefore reinvigorate our
dedication to the pursuit of excellence not just in sports but in all our life’s aspirations.”
In his closing remarks, the Kyabazinga invited the Uganda Cranes to a football match with a select team from Busoga.
“I will be pleased to host the Uganda Cranes at an opportune moment with a match against a select team from the ongoing Busoga Kingdom Masaza competition and a dinner thereafter,” he said.