Uganda Cranes Returned to the African Cup of Nations for the second successive time after defeating Cape Verde 1-0 over the weekend at Mandela National stadium.
The victory meant, the team qualified for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon as table leaders in group L on 13 points with a game to spare.
In a press briefing held at FUFA House on Wednesday at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala, FUFA President Moses Magogo confirmed that the team has already received its bonuses for guiding Uganda back to the coveted continental showpiece.
Magogo first thanked the various stake holders that have made a contribution in different capacities to make sure the Cranes qualify.
” I first of all thank the Almighty Allah for giving us the gift of life. As FUFA, we extend our gratitude to H.E the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for his support towards the team. We also thank the First Lady Madam Janet Museveni who is also the minister of Education and Sports, Minister of State for Sports Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi, National Council of Sports, FUFA, coaches, players, clubs, sponsors and fans.” He said.
” The team has already received its qualification bonus for guiding Uganda back to AFCON. The Bonus worth one million dollars (about 3 billion seven hundred million shillings) has already been given to the team including players, coaches and the supporting staff.” the FUFA President confirmed.
However when asked about the breakdown of the money and the number of recipients, Mr. Magogo indicated that its private.
” We agreed with the players that their earnings remain a secret to them. But most importantly, they got their money.
It should be noted that after Cranes qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, each player earned $10,000.
Magogo also revealed that after the double header against Lesotho last month, each player received bonuses of about $6,000.
It is believed, the money should have come from President Museveni who had a meeting with some of the players including captain Dennis Onyango, Farouk Miya and Joseph Ochaya plus FUFA officials on Monday at State House in Entebbe.