The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has agreed to pay $6000 (about Ugx. 22m) to each Uganda Cranes player as extra incentive for qualification to round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
This was reached at the meeting between striking Uganda Cranes Players, FUFA officials over unpaid allowances.
“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the nation, government, the Sponsors, and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay $6,000 over and above the agreed terms in the code of conduct and that matters of finances will not be discussed until the end of Uganda cranes participation in the tournament. This position has been duly communicated to the players,” reads part of the statement the federation posted on its social media platforms.
The crisis meeting which took more than four hours was attended by among others Sports minister Hon. Charles Bakkabulidde, Coach Desabre and senior players: captain Dennis Onyango, Emma Okwi and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda
The meeting took place at Radisson Blu Hotel where the National team players stay
The meeting follows the player’s refusal to attend training insisting that FUFA owed them $10,000 (about Ugx. 37m) it earlier promised to each player for qualification to the 2019 Nations Cup.
The players argued that the Shs2b given by President Museveni for the team to share after qualification was different from the one earlier one promised by Fufa.
‘ ‘Meeting has ended, it’s been resolved that each player will get $6000 , and all signs indicate they will now head out for a training session at Arab Contractors’ stadium in Cairo ahead of the Friday game against Senegal’’ tweeted Nicholas Bamulanzeki.
Nicholas is reporting live from Cairo, Egypt.
Meeting has ended, it’s been resolved that each player will get $6000 , and all signs indicate they will now head out for a training session at Arab Contractors’ stadium in Cairo ahead of the Friday game against Senegal 🇸🇳 #AFConf2019 #Ugandaunited @observerug pic.twitter.com/faNUUutxfw
— Nicholas Bamulanzeki (@bamulanzeki) July 3, 2019
The Uganda Cranes players on Tuesday became the second team together with Zimbabwe to go on a sit-down strike and miss training over alleged unpaid allowances at the on-going 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
The Nigerian team players recently also boycotted one of the mandatory press conferences over unpaid winning bonuses. Ahead of a crucial game against Africa’s best ranked team, Senegal on July 5 in the round of 16, Cranes players failed to show up at the Arab Contractors Stadium on Tuesday evening.
WHITE SMOKE! 💨
After almost four hours in a meeting, the Uganda 🇺🇬 Cranes have finally agreed to attend training this evening at the Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo.
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) July 3, 2019