The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has a piece of advice to sportsmen who rush to the European leagues to look for greener pastures. She wants them to remain in the country’s local league to develop the local football to international standards.
Janet said this on Sunday morning while reacting to various commentaries in the news that are advising Denis Onyango not to miss golden chance when he is at the peak to go to European clubs and get to his dream club.
Janet who seemingly never knew that Onyango is playing in the PSL, the South African league kept on advising the star who has won the African Player of the Year Award (Based in Africa) to keep in the Country and help develop the local league instead of leaving their own behind and going for the already made leagues.
“There is a mindset that is so disturbing within the Ugandan people or is it Africans generally speaking that make our young people think that when you become successful especially in sports, then “You should no longer belong to Uganda but it’s a qualifier to go to other countries’ teams. And I have a disturbing question that keep repeating itself in my head again and again, ‘What’s wrong with being successful and staying in one’s own country team? Isn’t that how all these teams in those other countries built themselves up one brick at a time? Why can’t our people be truly proud of their own origin and let their country be deserving of their success?’” Said Janet
Janet went ahead to congratulate and thank Denis Onyango upon the achievement and described him as a hero who fights for his country and works as a role model to the upcoming footballers, she advised him to stay focused and to keep in the Country but not to rush to the European Leagues.
“Fortunately according to another reporter, Denis Onyango is a fighter and he fights for his country, he is therefore a commendable role model for other upcoming footballers. I hope he will be strong enough to withstand the pressure coming to him from all sides showing him that the wise decision to take is to “switch to Europe”. Well I know I am certainly not such an authority on sports but I am a Ugandan who is quite proud of our country and I wish my country the very best. And I know that Uganda can develop as other nations have done before it. What it takes though is its people’s determination to work hard and love their country enough to sacrifice for it where necessary.” Added the first lady Janet Museveni.
Janet seemingly thought that if Onyango goes to the European Countries, he will no longer be playing for the Uganda Cranes, an indication that she lacks guidance on the difference between League football and National team football
Janet ended her commentary congratulating Onyango and as renowned Christian prayed God to give Ugandans a heart to build the strength of our country.
“Anyhow for now I simply wanted to congratulate Denis Onyango and Uganda on his success and pray that God will give us resilience to build the strength in our country and may He continue to bless and use our people for His glory.” Concluded Janet