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Under Fire, FUFA Agrees to Pay Uganda Cranes Bonuses

The Federation of Uganda of Football Association (FUFA), has succumbed to public pressure to pay each of Uganda Cranes players $6,000 (Shs 22m) as extra bonuses for their qualification for the next stage of 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

The players said FUFA was yet to pay them a balance of $10,000 each if the national football team qualified for Afcon.

On Tuesday evening, the players refused to take part in a scheduled training exercise in Egypt until the bonuses were cleared.

The FUFA Emergency Committee at its siting at FUFA House –Mengo on Wednesday resolved to comply with the players’ demands.

“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the Nation, Government, the Sponsors, and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay 6,000 USD over and above the agreed terms in the Code of Conduct and that matters of Finances will not be discussed until the end of Uganda cranes participation in the Tournament,” FUFA said in a statement on Wednesday night.

“This position has been duly communicated to the Players. It is therefore expected that the technical preparation of the Team ahead of the match with Senegal will continue in accordance with the Programme of the Coach.”

It remains unclear if the players have already received the money.

Ugandans today took to social media platforms to pressure FUFA to pay the national football team players.

FUFA said allowances for the Uganda Cranes since 13th May 2019 to 30th June 2019 inclusive of the winning bonuses for the DR Congo and Zimbabwe matches have been duly paid and received by the beneficiaries. This amounts to Shs 55m per player.

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