Uganda Loses Out On FIFA Referees’ Budges

buy geneva; color: #222222;”> A list of centre referees to be given FIFA referees’ budges was submitted in mid-September to FIFA but no more shall be accepted.

Uganda had five FIFA centre referees before but due to the submission of over-aged referees after the retirement of Mohamed Sseggonga in 2011, FIFA withdrew the 5th budge from Uganda.

Names that were not revealed by the local Federation to the media are more than eight, according to impeccable sources.

Though some of the centre referees who hold FIFA budges failed the cooper test in September at Namboole, the FUFA Referees Committee went ahead to submit their names to FIFA.

Some of the centre referees who hold FIFA budges are: Ali Kalyango, Ronnie Kalema, Denis Batte and Brian Nsubuga.


FIFA always hand more budges to countries that have competitive leagues in terms of football and also in accordance to the performance of other referees who have been representing the country internationally, the previous year.

However, some of the referees in Uganda are complaining of being ignored yet they perform well in the local league.

“If you don’t have someone who does know you personally regardless of your performance in refereeing, you can’t make it to the list that is being submitted to FIFA annually,” said one of the referees.

On international standards, referees do receive $700 per game officiated in addition accommodation and flight tickets.

Their list of FIFA referees, who will officiate internationally next year, is expected to be released on Wednesday, next week.

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