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AFCON 2019: Uganda Cranes gifted KSh 100 million despite round of 16 heartbreak
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his delight with the performance of the national football team at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
This is despite the team bowing out of the tournament in the round of 16 after suffering a slim 1-0 defeat to Senegal.
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Cranes were the only East Africa team who qualified for the knock-out round after Tanzania and Kenya's Harambee Stars crashing out of the tournament in the group stages.
Uganda sealed a place in the last 16 after finishing second in Group A that included hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.
The team, which defied all odds under the tutelage of Sebastien Desabre will now be smiling all the way to the bank after Museveni awarding them a sum of KSh 100 million in addition to their wages and bonuses.
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The players, who, according to Museveni should receive the biggest chunk of the donation, are each set to pocket additional Sh2.5 million from the president’s donation.
In a tweet by the head of state, players and officials will share the token, but added that the players would get much more of the money than the officials.
“I'm very happy the @UgandaCranes went up to the last 16. I know we will perform better next time. I will organize 1 million dollars with the government to distribute it among the players and officials. Of course, the officials will not get as much as the players,” he tweeted.
It however remains to be seen if Desabre will also benefit from Museveni's donation after the Frenchman resigning from his post hours after Cranes were bundled out of the tournament.
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The tactician has since taken up a new coaching job with Egyptian side Pyramids FC.
Story by Elvince Joshuah, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.
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