Sports Minister confirms Release of$540,716 to Uganda Cranes
The Ugandan government has released funds for the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, totalling a sum which is considerably less than the Ugandan FA (Fufa) requested.
The government has given US$540,716 to help the Cranes at the tournament which kicks off in Gabon on 14 January.
Uganda’s State Minister for Sport, Charles Bakkabulindi, admitted the sum is much less than the US$2 million Fufa had wanted, but said the government also had to factor in other commitments.
“We are happy that although the money has taken a while to come out, it has finally come and it will handle several aspects including allowances for the team in Gabon,” the Minister told BBC Sport.
He said the government is also working hard to find money to fund part of the 2017 World Cross Country Championship which will take place in Kampala in March.
Bakkabulindi reasoned that since the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has sent over US$200,000 for each of the 16 teams to help them participate at the Nations Cup, the Uganda Cranes already have some financial support.
Last month the Ugandan FA was facing a financial crisis with the FA’s head of Finance, Decolas Kiiza, saying they needed quick government intervention. The FA had to borrow funds to send the team to their training camp in Tunisia and now in the United Arab Emirates.
Uganda, who qualified for the Nations Cup after 39 years of waiting, will be based in Port-Gentil during the group phase of the 2017 tournament in Gabon.