The Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has received a boost of Shillings 1 billion which is equivalent to US dollars 276,630 from government towards the preparations of Uganda Crane’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign.
The Education and Sports Minister, Janet Museveni handed over a cheque to the Federation President, Moses Magogo on Wednesday evening following a meeting involving the Junior Sports Ministers, Charles Bakkabulindi, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza and officials from the National Council of Sports.
During the meeting, the Federation officials tabled a budget of Shillings 1.3 billion for the Uganda Cranes encounter with Egypt and Ghana. “The money is meant to cover amongst others players’ and coaches’ allowances, bonuses, air tickets, accommodation, practice match (Madagascar) and other related costs,” said Magogo.
The Sports Minister who also doubles as the First lady retarieted the importance of Sport, and the willingness of Government to finance excelling National teams and Athletes. She appreciated the success registered by FUFA.
She called for long term planning from Sports Federations, NCS, the Department of Physical Education and the Ministry of Education and Sports so as to avoid adhoc interventions. She pledged to avail time to meet with sports federations and share experiences for the development of sports
Magogo welcomed the intervention, saying it is a big boost for the team. “I am very excited that the Government has answered our call for the support to the Uganda Cranes and this cash will clear amongst others the bonuses and allowances for the players and coaches,” said Magogo.
Adding that, “This is the kind of motivation that will influence the sporting results.” He tanked president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the magnanimity towards the Uganda Cranes. He said both the players and coaches of the national football team, the Cranes have promised to give their best to the country. Uganda Cranes faces Ghana’s Black stars at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala this Saturday.