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Strike at Uganda Cranes Camp in Egypt

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.

It’s alleged the players complained about delayed payment for their allowances.

But the Federation of Uganda Football Association says it has paid the players all the agreed amounts of money but were now renegotiating the terms after qualifying for the next group stage.

According to FUFA, “there is currently nothing owing to the players as per the signed Code of Conduct and more than Shs 2bn has been paid to this item alone.”

In a statement issued Tuesday night, FUFA added: “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.”

Below is FUFA’s 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.

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;

Item

USD

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.

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