On Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, news from Cairo reported that Uganda Cranes had not showed up for their evening training session at Arab Contractors Stadium as scheduled by the technical team.
It’s noted that players refused to train in protest over the federation’s failure to pay their bonus and allowances.
However, the local football governing body says it has already paid the following amounts to each member of the squad.
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
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.
“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,” reads part of a statement on the federation’s website.
“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 statement further explained.
The federation has also accused the players of wanting “to renegotiate the terms of the Code of Conduct after qualifying to the round of 16 leading to the decision not to undergo training”.
They (FUFA) however remain confident that the “players will respect the signed Code of Conduct and this matter will be resolved like many others before”.