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FDC advises gov't to invest in sports

By Nelson Kiva

Added 9th July 2019 09:32 AM

“Now we have an opportunity, most of the people who are now scouting for Uganda Cranes’ players after the good performance at AFCON in Egypt are thronging the country,” Kikoyongo said.

FDC advises gov't to invest in sports

FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyongo addressing journalists during the FDC weekly press briefing at their headquarters in Kampala on 8 July 2019. Photo by Godiver Asege

“Now we have an opportunity, most of the people who are now scouting for Uganda Cranes’ players after the good performance at AFCON in Egypt are thronging the country,” Kikoyongo said.

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KAMPALA - The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has called on Government to invest more in boosting sports tourism. 
 
According to the party, Uganda can improve its tourism through sports with a variety of potential talents.
 
Addressing journalists during the weekly party press brief at Najjanankumbi based party headquarters in Kampala on Monday; the deputy party spokesperson, John Kikonyogo said;
 
"Now we have an opportunity, most of the people who are now scouting for Uganda Cranes' players after the good performance at AFCON in Egypt are thronging the country," Kikoyongo said.
 
FDC also insists that sports can help in addressing the problem of lack of employment among the youth.
 
"Most of our players can easily get employed in big Clubs around the globe because of sports. I want to tell you, there is no business that can fetch money like sports, people are paid in millions of dollars which a businessperson can't make here in a month," Kikoyongo added.
 
He added; "As FDC, we are saying let us invest in training sports leaders, our coaches so that they can train our sports people in discipline because no European Club will want to employ someone who was involved in the strike."
 
FDC pledged to invest in establishing more sports facilities in case it takes over the leadership of this country.
 
These according to Kikoyongo; would include sports halls, modern pitches and even granting scholarships to talented Ugandans.
 
"You are aware when our Chess players were in Russia last time, all the people were looking for Phionah Mutesi aka Queen of Katwe; they wanted to take pictures with her. And this is a girl who came from Katwe.
 
The party also lauded the Cranes' Captain, Dennis Onyango for exhibiting characters of a real leader when he failed to join colleagues in the strike, but instead attempted to persuade them to return to training ahead of the Senegal challenge where they lost I-0.
 
"Lack of transparency and accountability brought us problems in Egypt. Out of experience, we observe lack of communication; these players sometimes think there is money which is not being given to them, when in actual sense it is not there," Kikoyongo revealed.
 
The party insisted that people who steal players' money in the structure of sports administration should severely be punished through the confines of the law.

 

 

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