The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Fufa President to Join Cranes Initiative Drive

A day before Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa made his annual press address on December 31, 2012, several reports had emerged that Fufa was fighting the Uganda Cranes Initiative (UCI).

The UCI was established to motivate the national team in its training programmes. Mulindwa dismissed the rumours as "works of Satan" which will not enter the year 2013. In fact, he characterized the initiative as the work of some intelligent brains that thought of why The Cranes was not performing well and decided not to break what has been built but support the foundation. He gladly announced that he would be joining the initiative.

The concept, started by a number of sports enthusiasts from different media houses, allowed the team during the recent Cecafa games to stay in better accommodation, the Rivonia Suites and dress in personalised jerseys.

"It is a fans' association and though I am a Fufa president, I am also a Uganda Cranes fan and I will join the initiative," Mulindwa said.

"My vision next year [2013] is to take Cranes to a higher level and I think I can't hold this vision alone. Cranes is a national team, the reason the Uganda fans could not listen to those voices who were telling them to boycott Cecafa.

"With all the support from Cranes initiative, we can make it. This vision can be shared by all Ugandans; that is why involving Uganda Cranes Initiative is vital and we will give it all the support. We are just looking forward for more people to come on board."

Mulindwa was especially happy that the fans had taken cognizance of the fact that the national team has been facing a number of hurdles.

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