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If Uganda qualified for 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup [Editor’s Opinion]

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic would catch the eye of Chelsea Football Club bosses and replace Graham Potter. Micho would in turn sign a number of Uganda Cranes players to the team. The number of Chelsea fans in Uganda would rise from 13 to 13m.

President Yoweri Museveni with the FIFA World Cup

"Officials" travelling to Qatar would outnumber the 26-man team. Nothing gets better than an all-expense paid trip to the world’s most watched event.

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If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, the Cranes would be the first team to arrive in Qatar and the last to leave.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, a number of parliamentarians on the sports committee would convince the House that they need to travel to Qatar to benchmark on how to host a successful tournament since Uganda intends to bid for the Africa Cup of Nations 2027 edition.

Parliament would pass a supplementary budget to facilitate the team but scandals about player’s bonuses and allowances would soon dominate media space.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, the players would rest assured of state dinner, luxury cars, heroes welcome and cash prizes upon return. A number of moneyed men in town would promise lavish gifts and cash prizes for any goal scored.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, motivational speakers would go into an overdrive narrating tales of players who started playing football in sun-scorched playgrounds. They would become heroes.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, Ugandans, would for the moment, find an avenue to show their patriotism and nationalism...the patriotic binding effect of sports that is ushered by the heroics of Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, and a host of elite athletes.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, the love, joy and hospitality of Ugandans would capture the heart of the world. Millions of tourists would flock to Uganda.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, the ultimate test of love in Kampala would be to take your lover to watch a World Cup match. The standard would be so high that many struggling men would lose their big-bummed women to sugar-daddies.

If Uganda qualified for the World Cup, the Cranes would be the first African country to win the trophy.

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