President of the Ugandan FA, Moses Magogo, has said the national football team Cranes has no divine right to win the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup every time.
The 13-time regional champions failed to defend the title after they were bundled out at the quarterfinal stage by 2011 winners Tanzania.
“If we had wanted to easily retain the trophy we would have done that by fielding our professional players,” reasoned Magogo.
He said they decided to help the younger players have enough minutes of play in their legs and get exposure as they prepare for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship.
“We are not disappointed as a Federation because we know what we want and we know it was good planning to have the younger and most of the home-based players go for the regional tournament,” added Magogo.
Speaking about the recent complaints by some players that they had been paid low allowances during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Magogo said they had what they were meant to pay.
“We follow certain procedures and also what the tournament is before we determine how much to pay,” said Magogo.