President Yoweri Museveni has extended financial support to Uganda Netball Federation to the tune of Shs96 million.
After a long public outcry on the state of the Uganda Netball team (She Cranes) and the Under (U) 20 netball team (She Pearls), Museveni on Wednesday committed the said amount to help solve the financial burden.
While delivering the money to the Uganda Netball Federation on behalf of government, Benson Onyik, the chairman National Council of Sports thanked the President for the timely support.
“We thank His Excellency for the timely support towards our teams and this will help the teams perform even better,” he said.
“When we forwarded our plea to government, the first Lady who is also the Minister for Education and Sports talked to the President about it and he has come with full support,” he added.
It should be noted that Uganda Netball Federation struggled to meet costs of having two national teams training at once.
The players were given a meager Shs5,000 per day as training allowance and had just a week of residential training.
At the start, the federation needed a total of Shs760m to cater for both hosting the African Netball Championship and also supporting the She Pearls.
The money comes at a time when the African Netball championship is already underway at Lugogo while the She Pearls are in camp ahead of the U20 World Netball championship in Botswana in August.
With just a game to play (against Zambia) on Thursday, She Cranes are destined to winning the Africa netball championship, their first ever title.