KAMPALA: Yesterday, the Uganda Cranes who are participating in 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt did not undergo training after players opted not to despite a training programme released by the technical team. The cause of refusal to train by the players was the emoluments package to them.
Now Fufa says it has paid Shs55 million to each Uganda Cranes player. “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,” the Federation says in a statement.
It adds: “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.”
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.
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.
The boys however insist to go on with the strike, saying Fufa owes each of them Shs37 million donated by President Yoweri Museveni before Afcon 2019 began. But Fufa says that is the money they had been giving the players in allowances before flying to Egypt.
“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,” the statement says, adding, “FUFA believes the players will respect the signed Code of Conduct and this matter will be resolved like many others before.”
The money paid to each player so far in the Code of Conduct is as follows;
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
The financial structure to be paid to each member of the Uganda Cranes in the Code of Conduct is as follows;
|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|