Cranes players not paid Shs33m as Fufa sweats over tickets



Uganda Cranes players who on Sunday beat Comoros to qualify for African Cup of Nations for the first time in 38 years, have not been paid the money they were promised.

On Monday, Cranes players were forced to break camp without being given the promised $10,000 (about Shs 33 million) win allowance per player.

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) promised the Cranes players Shs 33m each once they qualified for the Afcon 2017 in Gabon.

The Observer quotes some of the players saying they have been told by some officials that the $10,000 was rather accumulative figure (including the already paid allowances) over the course of the whole qualification campaign and not just for an win allowance for the Comoros game.

The 23 cranes players were also expected to get bonuses of $2000 amounting approximately Shs6.7m on top of the Shs33m respectively.

The players say they were instead given $1000 instead of $2000 from the government and summarily dismissed from camp.

Ahmed Hussein, the FUFA spokesperson, is quoted in media reports saying the players will receive their balance on a later date.

Micho not paid

For five months now, the Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, has not been paid his wages.

The Serbian helped Uganda win the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and helped Cranes take part in 2014 and 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN).

He is the man behind Cranes qualification to the plenary stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Micho who becomes the first coach to take the national team to Afcon since 1978, says he has been promised and promised but is never paid.

“Due to shameful lies about my duly earned and deserved unpaid salaries I’m forced to take swift legal action while continuing professional job,” he tweeted this morning.

Not long ago, Micho, Uganda Cranes team manager, Crispus Muyinda, Assistant coach Mose Basena, goalkeeper trainer Fred Kajoba and team physician Dr Ronald Kisolo were not paid bonuses during the Burkina Faso and Botswana matches.

Excess tickets scandal

Fufa is already battling a scandal where it printed excess tickets that saw Cranes fans locked out of Namboole stadium on Sunday.

Mandela national stadium has a 45,202-seater capacity and Fufa insists a total 45,000 tickets were printed.

However, police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, uncovered that the federation printed over 100,000 tickets leaving fans stranded outside the stadium.

Fufa vehemently denied printing or selling excess tickets, saying that they suspect the tickets were forged by some unscrupulous individuals.

Fufa refunds fans money from excess tickets?

On Tuesday, reports started circulating that Fufa was refunding Uganda Cranes fans who bought tickets to the Sunday game against Comoros but failed to access the stadium.

The activity was reportedly ongoing at Fufa House in Mengo.

But Fufa spokesperson Hussein told Insider he was not aware of the activity.

“We are currently dealing with post-match activities. I will not comment on that,” Hussein said on phone.

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