Uganda Cranes receive major boost as Museveni offers them chartered plane, 200 Million

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes pose for a picture with the President at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday (Photos by FUFA Media)2019 AFCON Qualifiers-Group L-Uganda Vs LesothoMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday 13th October 2018-Lesotho vs UgandaSetsoto Stadium, MaseruTuesday, 16-10-2018ENTEBBE – As part of celebrating the 56th Independence, HE the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni hosted the National football team-Cranes at his residence, State House-Entebbe on Tuesday evening.This comes less than a week before the Cranes host Lesotho in their third Group L AFCON 2019 qualifiers at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.In a jovial mood, the President discussed football matters with the contingent before he announced his offer of a chartered flight to fly the Cranes to Maseru for the reverse fixture against Lesotho to be played next Tuesday 16th October 2018.President Museveni also offered the Uganda Cranes contingent a financial boost of UGX 200M (Two Hundred Million Shillings) to help them in their preparations.This is not the first time the president is extending such support to the Cranes after doing likewise in 2015 as the team prepared to take on Togo in a double header for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.At the event on Tuesday, President Museveni congratulated the team for posting results that have kept the Cranes on top of the group in the campaign but urged them to work harder against Lesotho on Saturday.“I have been following you of recent and I thank you for the performance but we need to work harder for better results, said the President.“I have offered you a chartered plane to Lesotho and UGX 200M to help you get good results.Speaking on behalf of the players, team captain Denis Onyango appreciated the President and the First Lady Janet Museveni (Minister of Education and Sports) for the recent support towards the Cranes and football.Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango (left) and head coach Sebastian Desabre (right), with President Museveni on TuesdayThe Uganda Cranes Technical team led by head coach Sebastien Desabre was also in attendance.The delegation to State House was led by FUFA 1st VP Justus Mugisha, accompanied by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson and the FUFA Finance Director Decolas Kiiza.Mugisha noted the fact that support from the President and Ministry of Education and Sports is one of the reasons football has been picking good results.“The support from the President is a sign that he follows and loves sports, said Mugisha.“Football has been picking good results partly because of such support from the fountain of honour and office of Education and Sports.“This offer will help the team fly in time to Maseru for the game.The Cranes lead Group L with four points from two games having defeated Cape Verde 1-0 and then drawing 0-0 with Tanzania.For Lesotho, they are second on the log with two points from as many games.The other Group L fixture will see Cape Verde host Tanzania on Friday before both sides lock horns again on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersPresident Musevenitoplast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Beanie W

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals placed running back Beanie Wells on the “injured reserve/designated for return list” Wednesday. The move was made after Wells left last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a turf toe injury at University of Phoenix Stadium. The beauty of the Cardinals’ roster is that they kept four running backs since training camp and today they re-signed Alfonso Smith who was with Arizona last season and through camp this year as well. The others are Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img 0 Comments   Share   All backs are familiar with the game plan and the team, so it should be an easy transition. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has no doubt second-year player Ryan Williams can handle the load as the feature back. “We all know that he can. He has the ability to,” Kolb said. “I thought he had a nice ending to the game last week to build his confidence and he’s working hard, even today, to make sure that he’s up to date on everything and sharp with everything mentally.”Williams has 31 carries on the season for 105 yards, but has yet to score a touchdown. The former Virginia Tech star has shown flashes of brilliance, but that doesn’t mean that Wells being out of commission isn’t still a loss for the Cardinals. “Oh it’s huge,” said Kolb. “He’s a big part of our team and he’s a nice counter to the rest of our backs, you know the way he runs and a leader. He’s stepped up as a big leader the last year and a half so I know other guys will step up but it is a huge loss.”Wells has recorded 29 carries for 76 yards this season. Under the new NFL rule, each team is allowed to designate a player to be placed on the IR/designated for return list. That means Wells will be allowed to return to practice after six weeks and will be able to play in a game after eight weeks. Wells will be eligible to practice starting November 7 and can see some action November 25 against the St. Louis Rams. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more