Federation of Uganda Football Association has cleared air on Tuesday’s ugly incident that saw the Uganda Cranes players peacefully show their discontent over unpaid allowances.
The Cranes who are preparing to face Senegal this Friday at the round of 16 refused to turn up for training which was supposed to take place on Tuesday evening at Arab Contractors stadium.
“The players decided not to honour today’s training,” FUFA communications manager Ahmed Hussein told this website.
“All bonuses have been paid. 4000 USD for beating DRC and 2000 USD for drawing with Zimbabwe. Even camp training allowances from when they were at Kabira Country Club, in Abu Dhabi and now Cairo have been paid.
“Only camp training allowances yet to be paid are those from 1st July till when the team bows out of the tournament. A code of conduct was signed by players detailing bonuses and allowances to be paid by FUFA.”
Marsha, as the communications manager is locally known, added that he hopes that the players will rescind their decision and report for training on Wednesday as per programme released by technical team in preparation for game against Senegal on Friday.
According to a statement on the official FUFA website released on Wednesday morning, each player has received 14,600 USD already with more daily allowances and winning bonuses awaiting to be paid on time.
Uganda Cranes defied odds when they reached AFCON knockout after finishing second with four points in group A at the expense of DR Congo. Egypt topped the log with nine points while DR Congo have also joined the round of 16 as one of the four best third placed teams.