The Coronavirus pandemic has sent shockwaves around the world, plunged the global economy into what the international monetary Fund warns could be the sharpest downturn since the great depression.
Not surprising, COVID-19 has upended all areas of life and sports is no exception.
The horrendous period has also affected the Uganda Cranes players, who have now ran to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni demanding for their $1M, he promised them after the team reached the knockout phase in last year’s continental showpiece in Egypt for the first time since 1978.
Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango has joined Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Farouk Miya, Moses Waiswa, Allan Kyambadde, Nicholas Wadada, William Kizito Luwagga and Salim Jamal to remind Uganda’s Number one citizen of the promise.
“As a captain, my teammates, some already retired now have been on my neck humbling requesting, others in a demanding tone because of the desperate times calling me to remind you of the promise.”
“We feel frustrated, unhappy and somewhat underappreciated that our token of appreciation hangs in balance. We truly believe that you will come to our rescue soonest as you have done in the past.”
It should be noted that Uganda Cranes fell short of the AFCON quarter finals after losing 1-0 to Senegal at the round of 16 stage.
The pandemic has affected every aspect of sport, from the athletes themselves to media coverage. It has also upended the sporting calendar.