Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has said that the foundation of every successful sports personality in the world is discipline, perseverance and patience accompanied by leading a healthy daily life.
The Vice President made the remarks Tuesday while receiving the Masaza Buddu winning team who presented him with the cup at a function at Pope Paul VI Memorial hotel in Kampala.
Coach Stephen Bogere Buudu coach and former Uganda Cranes International and Buddu team captain Mbazira Shakidu and State Sports Minister Charles Bababulindi handed the cup to Vice President Edward Ssekandi.
Ssekandi called for concerted efforts to collectively develop all sports from netball, basketball, men and women football, lawn tennis, among others, whose triumphs will better market the country and well as earn a better lifestyle for the sports persons and their families.
The Vice President who contributed 5 million shillings at a fundraising drive for the team commended Ugandans who have sports at-heart which also enhances peace and togetherness and cooperation towards a collective goal “winning and remaining winners.”
Over 15 million shillings was raised for the team which received contributions from Cardinal Wamala 0.5million, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago 2 million, Kagimu K, 2M, Mulinde 3 million, Iviran from Kyotera 3.5 millions among others.
Sports State Minister Charles Bakabulindi said that Uganda has enough talent but which lacks resolve of sportsmen and women who participate in events as leisure activities.
Buganda Minister for Youth Sports and Recreation Henry Kiberu Ssekabembe said that new rules have been set up for the tournament to avoid wealthy Masaza from acquiring players from winning teams, which is a threat to competitiveness and said that under the new arrangement players must serve 2 years with the team before being released to another team.
He warned players against greed and searching for easy money with different teams but urged them to remain with the instructors who are boosting their footballing talents.
Masaka LC5 Chairman Jude Mbabali said that reaching back-to-back finals in the masaza cup is a resolve that Buddu is reclaiming top position that it was in the 1900 – 1960s in all spheres.