Smoking and womanising are some of the vices, according to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, that footballers should avoid if they want to be successful.
Mr Museveni gave the tips on Twitter as he shared pictures from his meeting with the national football team on Monday evening.
The Cranes beat Cape Verde by a solitary goal on Saturday to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
From my footballing experience, I know that the following ingredients are important for the game; stamina, skill and teamwork. Stamina is critical because you do a lot of running. You must eat well, exercise and avoid alcohol, smoking and womanizing. pic.twitter.com/gUETYsVLvJ
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) November 20, 2018
He said in another tweet:
Training is very important. Africans are very strong naturally. If you train well, you can dominate the sports world. The potential exists, what is critical is harnessing it through training.”
The president had hosted the team at State House on Monday, where he urged them to ensure a win in the final game against Tanzania.
“Even if the Cranes have already qualified, I know that they still have a game to play against Tanzania. Please make sure you do not lose that game. Congratulations once again,” he said.
Cranes participation in the 2019 AFCON will be their second consecutive appearance at the competition. Before the 2017 AFCON hosted by Gabon, Uganda had never qualified for the tournament for 38 years.
13 teams have so far qualified for AFCON 2019, the first that will see an expanded number of participating countries.
Cameroon will be the first country to host the 24-team showdown, which initially had only 16 teams fighting for glory.
Source: BBC with files from CGTN