Uganda Cranes players on Tuesday evening refused to participate in a scheduled training exercise in Egypt, raising fears about their preparedness for the knockout stage.
The reported strike comes Seventy-two hours before Uganda play Senegal in the round of 16 Africa Cup of Nations match.
However, FUFA denied it owes any bonuses to the players.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, FUFA
There is currently nothing owing to the players as per the signed Code of Conduct and more than Ugx. 2bn has been paid to this item alone.”
FUFA statement in full
On the 2nd July 2019, The Uganda Cranes did not undergo training after players opted not to despite a training programme released by the technical team.
FUFA has since engaged the players and confirmed that a complaint about emoluments as their cause of action.
To All UOT: Our demand is simple. #PayUgandaCranesAllowances! Let us speak out. Let the whole world know we stand with .@UgandaCranes on their pay. When U tweet today, add this👆🏿hashtag. If @OfficialFUFA ignores this, no wearing jersey on Friday! And cancel their citizenship
— Robert Kabushenga (@rkabushenga) July 3, 2019
FUFA wishes to affirm that matters of the rights and obligations of the members of the Uganda Cranes at the AFCON 2019 inclusive of the allowances and bonuses of the team were discussed and agreed upon by the team and were put into a document called the Code of Conduct. Every member of the team signed the Code of Conduct before being allowed into the camp.
The financial structure to be paid to each member of the Uganda Cranes in the Code of Conduct is as follows;
Camp in Uganda per day 14 days 30
Foreign Camp (Abu Dhabi & Cairo) per day 53 days 150
Each Draw in the Group Stages 2,000
Each Win in the Group Stages 4,000
R16 to R8 (Winning @ R16) 1 5,000
R8 to R4 (Winning @ Quarter Final) 1 7,000
R4 to R2 (Winning @ Semi Final) 1 9,000
Winning the Final 1 14,630
FUFA has already paid the following amounts to each member
• 420 USD for the Camp in Uganda (14 days)
• 5,100 USD for the Foreign Camp (34 days ending 30th June 2019)
• 4,000 USD for the Winning Bonus of the DR Congo match
• 2,000 USD for the Draw against Zimbabwe
Far and beyond the Code of Conduct, FUFA has also paid extra 2,780 USD to each player for camp morale and 300 USD for the International friendly match against Ivory Coast.
As of 2nd July 2019, each player has received up to 14,600 USD (App 55m UGX) already with more daily allowances and winning bonuses awaiting to be earned and paid on time.
According to FUFA, there is currently nothing owing to the players as per the signed Code of Conduct and more than 2 Billion UGX has been paid to this item alone.
This matter has been explained to the players and instead they have opted to renegotiate the terms of the Code of Conduct after qualifying to the round of 16 leading to the decision not to undergo training.
FUFA believes the players will respect the signed Code of Conduct and this matter will be resolved like many others before.
It is Our Game, It is Our Country.
#PayUgandaCranesAllowences @rkabushenga We should notify police to hold a mass demonstration outside FUFA offices today and invite @mkainerugaba as demonstrator in chief! How can FUFA do this when our boys are going into this critical stage of knockouts? @cobbo3 what sayest thou?
— Andrew M. Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) July 3, 2019