On Wednesday, the domestic football associations, Fufa, announced that they will be footing travel expenses for clubs that will be representing the country in Caf inter-club tournaments – the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup.
The move was greeted with applause. In recent times, only governmentn institutions URA and KCCA FC, and Vipers have managed to fund their Caf engagements.
According to Fufa Finance director Decolas Kiiza, the federation has made strides arising from increased government funding, and of course Fifa and caf grants.
He says that: “FUFA has made strides as a result of increased Government funding for the Uganda Cranes activities. We now have resources for other football activities and stakeholders to develop the game of football in Uganda.”
The federations executive committee member and chairman of marketing, Rogers Byamukama, Fufa is aiming at exposing more local players to international football that will, in turn, be beneficial to the national teams.
“What motivated Fufa is the belief that by players participating in the Caf interclub competitions it’s the various national teams that ultimately benefit from that exposure and experience,” Byamukama explained, adding that “secondly, in our statues the first division clubs are members of Fufa, therefore this support is part of the assistance support to its membership.”
By virtue of winning the Uganda Premier League and Uganda Cup, KCCA FC and Proline will represent the country in the Champions League and Confederations Cup.
However, Fufa is only taking the air tickets for 18 players and seven officials and not the entire budget.