Ugandans are expressing anger on social media after She Cranes, the ladies national team, players failed to get transport back home from the capital Kampala.
Uganda She Cranes finished in eighth position at the Netball World Cup.
She Cranes captain, Peace Proscovia, was crowned 5th top scorer with 243 goals in 282 attempts from 8 games.
They were passed as the most favourite team at the Sydney Australia competitions.
The team returned to the country yesterday and was received by the Vice President, Edward Ssekandi.
They were supposed to get a triumphant welcome at the coutnry’s parliament but all the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, did was “recognize the presence of the She-cranes in Parliament”.
“Parliament will get an appropriate time, to recognize the performance of the She-Cranes,” he said.
Miserable as the word can explain, She Cranes players were seen riding on motorcycles after failing to raise transport for a cab back to their homes.
“While other world cup netballers are getting millions and other prizes, boda bodas took our home after parliament gave a lip service,” charged an enraged Goodluck Musinguzi, the proprietor of Kigezi News.
Lawyer and activist, Andrew Karamagi, in high level cynicism agreed that indeed “this is Uganda!!! At least they (government) should have arranged a coaster to drop them off!”
“After representing Uganda on the international scene, that She Cranes netball player couldn’t be afforded decent transportation back home.”
He added: “Do you see how she struggled with hand luggage, suitcase and our national jersey on a boda boda?”
The team was flagged off to Sydney by President Yoweri Museveni himself who promised his undying support.
Cranes has suffered worse
The national football team, Cranes, which President Yoweri Museveni recently confessed he doesn’t know, has suffered worse.
In 2013, Uganda Cranes players were detained for five hours at Milele hotel in the Kenyan capital Nairobi over unpaid bills.
As if that was not enough, they were again left stranded at Jomo Kenyatta international airport until 8pm enroute to Mombasa during the 2013 CECAFA Challenge Cup.
Ugandan players also missed a flight in September 2013 when they were coming back from Morocco after the World Cup qualifier game against Senegal.
On return home after the CECAFA cup, Cranes players had to cry out to parliament as FUFA moved to pocket their prize money.
After landing at Entebbe, they had to board taxis back home as there was no formal transport means organised for them.
They were also crying after their salaries had not been paid as usual.
In 2014, Ugandan South African based businessman, Ivan Ssemwanga, intervened promising to pay salaries for Uganda Cranes players.
He said: “Me, King & Ed are looking into ways of funding Uganda Cranes Salaries and also building them a good training facility in order to promote Ugandan football.”
Ssemwanga’s pledge came after Uganda was eliminated at the group stages of the ongoing CHAN tournament in South Africa, saying the poor performance in games was a result of poor pay.