When you work really hard you get to reap great benefits from your efforts. Indeed KCCA Football Club’s 1-0 victory against Ethiopian side St George has definitely paid off as KCCA Executive Director orders juicy offers to the players.
The city Executive Director, Jenifer Semakula Musisi announced that all the club players and members of the technical team will share $150,000 (at least Shs. 540m) of the $550,000 that the team will get from CAF as a reward for the qualification to the CAF Champions League group stages.
Musisi made the communication on Monday as the club resumed training at Lugogo in preparation for the league, Uganda Cup and other continental matches.
She also ordered an increment of the players’ match bonus to Shs. 500,000 from Shs. 400,000.
KCCA players earned Shs400,000 as match bonus after ejecting Madagascan side CNaPS in the preliminary round. “I felt very emotional throughout the weekend and I wanted to come to thank you for making me, Uganda and KCCA proud,” she told the sweat dripping players.
She applauded KCCA coach Mike Mutebi for having a stubborn, strict character and being a go getter, like her, which makes him a ‘super coach’. “Saturday’s win vindicated our initial big expenditure, administration changes. You should know not seat on your laurels but go on and make it a routine.”
Musisi advised the players not to use the Caf money (expected to arrive in May) for luxuries like cars but to invest in real estate and building homesteads they will show in future.
Officials and players pose for a group photo at Lugogo on Monday
Mutebi revealed that after a long time of hard work and strategizing, it was a moment for them to harvest.
“We thank God that the things we planned to achieve in five years have come so early.
“You (KCCA management) have given me a platform to perform what I have always wanted to do which wasn’t possible in 1997 or 2003.”
He added; “With the skill God gave me I want to change Ugandan football.”
KCCA’s progress will also earn Fufa an extra Shs101m, for now. According to the Caf prize money distribution rules, Fufa is entitled to a share of the revenue.
That 5% translates into the Fufa account receiving US$27,500 (Shs101m) from continental body Caf. These fees will rise for both the club and Fufa if KCCA advance further.