The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses Magogo has come out to clear the air about the amount of money the Federation owes departed Uganda cranes coach, Milutin Sredojevic alias Micho.
While addressing the media on Monday at the Federation headquarters in Mengo, Magogo confirmed that they still have a debt to clear with Micho and indicated it is $ 54,000( about Shs.194.94m).
“I have heard and read various figures which are not true. It is true we owe Micho but the correct about is $54,000 and I guarantee it will be paid to him,” Magogo stated.
“The $50,000 is the bonus for AFCON qualification while the other $4000 is the salary and we had agreed that we shall settle this to zero balance by December this year,” he added.
Magogo indicates that FUFA works on a cash flow system and there was no way the whole amount would be settled at once but instead, it would come in as the available resources at the moment allowed.
“The payment plan was that AFCON, the money we had paid to the coach as qualification bonus would be slowly recovered as we as pay his salaries. However, the funds available did not allow us and we agreed we shall settle the balance before the end of the year,” Magogo explain.
“You must know we are managing a cash flow, we do not have money in sacks to offset the said balance.”
Magogo spared time to remind the government that it’s her obligation to fully fund the national team including payment of coaches.
“We shall continue to engage the government and reminding them their duty of supporting the national team and also paying coaches. It is done almost everywhere apart from Uganda,” he stated.
“We have worked ourselves up, competing against the very best on the continent but you cannot compare what they invest to get the success to what we incur. We believe if the government pledged more support, the Federation would concentrate on developing the game.”
Micho and Fufa agreed to terminate their working contract with the former citing breach of contract claiming it was over $60,000.