1978 Cranes Team Awarded Golden Jubilee Medals

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The 1978 Uganda Cranes football team have been awarded the Golden Jubilee medals for their outstanding service to the country. The team, some of whose members are dead, took Uganda to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations before losing 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the penultimate game of the tournament.

The 1978 Uganda Cranes football team have been awarded the Golden Jubilee medals for their outstanding service to the country.

The team, some of whose members are dead, took Uganda to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations before losing 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final game of the tournament. It would take Uganda 39 years before the national team qualified for the 2017 tournament to be held in Gabon.

The medal recipients are among the 561 people who have been awarded medals at the 54th Independence anniversary celebrations presided over by President Yoweri Museveni in Luuka district.

The celebrations are under the theme "Protection of Our Independence through Promotion of Patriotism, Unity and Hard work".

Some of the names on the list include Cranes include Captain Jimmy Kirunda, Eddy Semwanga, goalkeeper Paul Ssali, Tom Lwanga, Sam Musenze (deceased), Abby Nasur, Mike Kiganda (deceased), Moses Nsereko (deceased), Godfrey Kisitu (deceased), Philip Omondi (deceased), and Barnabas Mwesigwa among others.

The team officials were also among the medal recipients as General Elly Tumwine, the National Chairperson of the Heroes Award Committee mentions.

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Uganda Cranes recently broke the 38 Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) jinx by qualifying for the 2017 Edition to take place in Gabon. The Cranes beat Comoros 1-0 in a Group D game played at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole to book a place.

Electoral Commission officials, past and present, are among the 561 people awarded medals today. These include current chairperson Eng Badru Kiggunda, Sr Margaret Magoba, former Deputy Chairperson, Joseph Biribwona, Tom Baluku, Stephen Ongaria, Dr. Jane Okello, Dr. Thomas Kiryapawo and Justine Mugabe.

General Elly Tumwine names the past Electoral Commission officers awarded with Golden Jubilee medals.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.