By Alex Bossa
Just less than two months into his retirement, it seems former Uganda Cranes utility player Hassan Wasswa Mawanda has become broke after tweeting a polite reminder to HE the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni about the promise he made of $1m to the Uganda Cranes.
“Good evening your Excellency @KagutaMuseveni. It’s now 3 years since you promised @UgandaCranes 1m$, we request you honour your Pledge for the national Football team you promised. We are trying to contact the concerned parties. @OfficialFUFA @HamsonObua @StateHouseUg@RebeccaKadagaUG,” the ex-International tweeted.
Hassan Wasswa retired from national duty in April 2021 after 13 years of dedicated service to the Uganda Cranes where he was capped 75 times and by the time he retired, he was the Cranes’ assistant captain.
His latest tweet comes just less than 3 weeks after the President of the Republic of Uganda rewarded former Cranes skipper Denis Onyango with a brand-new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Car on 6th May 2021.
Both Onyango and Hassan Wasswa were part and key figures of the historical Cranes team that made it to 2 consecutive AFCON appearances (2017 and 2019).
The pair retired along with Michael Azira as soon as former Uganda Cranes international midfielder Suleiman Mutyaba was brutally arrested after holding an unsuccessful demonstration where he was demanding for the federation to pay the unpaid dues promised to players on national duty.
Hassan Waswa was the first to retire then his captain followed suit but it was only Onyango who got recognition. Should we say the President acted as a bad father or it is Hassan Wasswa who has grown a man on his heart “amezze akasajja kumutima”?