August 29, 2013

Cranes Players Threaten To Boycott Botswana Trip Over Dime

Uganda Cranes players have threatened to boycott a scheduled trip to Botswana this afternoon if the government fails to provide the promised allowances.

An insider in the Cranes camp told local media that they have been very patient since the trip to Egypt early this month where they got no allowances. The source says players are now uncomfortable leaving their families with no money once again.

Uganda Cranes celebrate a recent victory.The final Group J 2014 World Cup qualifier between Senegal and Uganda Cranes will be played in Morocco FIFA has confirmed.
Uganda Cranes celebrate a recent victory.The final Group J 2014 World Cup qualifier between Senegal and Uganda Cranes will be played in Morocco FIFA has confirmed.

According to the structure set by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), each player gets 500 US dollars as allowance while on a foreign trip.

The Cranes are meant to face Botswana in Gaborone on August 31st in an international friendly. Head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic later said that he doesn’t know what will happen if this money from government does not come through.

This comes just two days after President Yoweri Museveni met the team at Entebbe and handed them a cheque worth 384 million shillings to cater for the players’ allowances in the build up to the 2014 World Cup qualifier game against Senegal next month.

Micho now says he is disappointed that two days after the big presidential send-off the money has not come through.

On August 12th, Micho was forced to spend his personal money at least 500 dollars to pay for visas in Egypt because the FUFA official who accompanied the team did not have contingency money.

About the professionals who are meant to link up with the team, Micho said they will find Sudan based Joseph Kabagambe in Nairobi, while South African based goalkeeper Denis Onyango will join the team in Gaborone, Botswana. Vietnam based duo of Geoffrey Kizito and Moses Oloya were expected to jet in this morning.

The Cranes are using the Botswana friendly to prepare for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal on September 7th in the neutral ground of Marakkech, Morocco.

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