Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has paid a tribute to the fallen boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
“Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, visited me at State House Entebbe on November 29, 1988,” Museveni said in a statement.
He said Ali was in the company of former Sudan President Abdulrahman Suwar Addahab.
“Ali, whose death I learnt of yesterday [Saturday], epitomized many things in his life but his discipline, determination and defence of the marginalized, among other qualities stood out.”
“He was a revolutionary in his own right. He accomplished a lot even in the face of great challenges. May his soul rest in peace.”
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, considering one of the greatest athletes in history, passed away on Friday at the age of 74.
One of the sports stars to react on social media to his death was friend Pele, the Brazilian soccer legend who played for the New York Cosmos in the 1970s and became friends with the boxer.
“The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss. Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero. We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family.”
Pele, 75, wrote that the sadness is ‘overwhelming,’ as it is for so many.