President Museveni and First Lady Say Farewell to Cranes Captain Denis Onyango

The President and First Lady, Janet Museveni surprised Denis Onyango by gifting him with a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in his farewell ceremony which was held in the Statehouse, accompanied by his mother and sister.

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Museveni has bid farewell to Denis Onyango, who retired from national team football a few months back. PHOTO via @Twitter

President Yoweri Museveni and first lady Janet Museveni bid an emotional farewell to former Cranes captain Denis Onyango, who recently announced his retirement from national team football.

  • Museveni said that sportsmen are unfortunate because their careers are short-lived.
  • However, Museveni applauded Onyango and others for holding the country’s flag high.
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In a ceremony held at the Statehouse, Museveni stated that it is unfortunate that sportsmen’s careers are short-lived while applauding Onyango and others for sustaining a high level of performance in the country’s various sports disciplines.

I congratulate Onyango for all he has done. Yet a 35-year-old sportsperson can still serve the country for another 20 years if given bursaries or working in higher institutions,” Museveni said.

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“I commend Onyango for his achievements, however, at 35, a sportsman can still serve his country another 20 years if he gets a position in the civil service or a bursary to study in higher institutions of learning in the discipline he chooses.”

In addition, he pointed out that the government regrets its failure to support the sports industry financially, although reminded that it is doing so indirectly through Universal Education and other schemes.

Also, the President said the government plans to empower the sports industry in Uganda so that it can compete internationally, particularly with those of European countries.

Museveni continued, “We thank you, athletes. Although the government has not been fully supporting you, we indirectly do so through immunization, UPE, security and peace which enables you to develop your talents.”

”In the new government, we will be able to decide on this export scheme and see whether it is good for us or not and how best to keep our sportspeople here.”

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Janet Museveni, the First Lady and the current minister of sports said Onyango has set a great example for a vast number of young talent countrywide.

However, she argued that the legendary goalie’s services are still needed in order to help others live in the same shoes as he did.

The Onyangos must be the coaches of new teams because this is the way nations are built. It’s how super teams are built,” Janet pointed out.

During the same farewell ceremony, Onyango’s mother and sister were also present at the Statehouse. In addition to other rewards, the President and the First Lady presented him with a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

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