Uganda players who splendidly represented the country at the concluded 2019 FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup were given just Sh20,000, a source has told The-SportsNation.com.
The players tirelessly worked long hours, endured all the pain, left everything on court and risked body harm in bringing the glory to their country.
Uganda, the hosts, put up great performances with the U18 girls winning silver, U18 Boys and Gazelles taking Bronze each while the Silverbacks managed fifth place in a tourney that ended on Sunday at Hockey Grounds in Lugogo with about 10 countries taking part.
The team, that resided at Arch Hotel in Ntinda, received Sh20000 from Basketball Federation (FUBA) as Transport back home, and no allowances was at least promised from a three day tourney that commanded more than two weeks practice.
It is understood that the Silverbacks players, two Gazelles – Rita Imanishimwe and Hope Akello didn’t receive even the said Transport allowance after leaving earlier.
It is also known that the players that took part in the 2019 FIBA Africa Zone Five Championship held in Kampala recently this year, were not given allowances.
However, when contacted, a FUBA official (anonymous) denied the claims, adding that these are baseless rumours.
The-SportsNation.com has learnt that FUBA just like other Federations, is yet to receive Government funding from NCS, the money which was promised since July, 2019.
Is Being A Ugandan Athlete Worth It?
The issue of unpaid allowances among athletes in Uganda is reaching a boiling point.
Some athletes from other disciplines have reaped big while others have been exploited.
The disparity in how much every Federation receives from NCS has also played a big role, something that must also be looked into as well.
President Museveni promised Cranes players about Sh1BN if the team qualifiers to AFCON and Cranes players bagged about Sh16.6M each for each game – Although it necessitated a strike to receive it.
In line with the above, is the President aware that Uganda’s Basketball 3X3 Women team – The Gazzeles – are ranked number one in Africa?
There is a wide unpopular view that representing your country should come with honour but not money. However, when did honour pay bills?
Beside fitness and health, popularity and travel, which these players often get with their clubs: Is it still worthy for them to represent their country?