Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has moved to cover medical insurance for all registered Uganda Premier league (UPL) players.
The development, has been confirmed by FUFA boss Moses Magogo in an address held on Monday at the headquarters in Mengo.
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The good news, coming as music to the ears of the UPL clubs, will see all league players with valid licenses treated at AAR hospital that has many branches like in Bugolobi, Bweyogerere, Namirembe among others.
“The players will not pay anything, we are going to work hand in hand with the clubs so as for any injured player, they will be treated accordingly. The medication will also cater for injuries attained off the field,” clarified Magogo.
Magogo also revealed that this Club Protection Programme, which has cost them around Sh400M, will also extend to FIFA referees.
FUFA will also compensate for permanent disability of the players, Magogo revealed.
The President added:
“In the past, there are many players who quit football because of the injuries, many played with injuries and failed to reach their full potential.
“We have come up with this good initiative at a reputable medical hospital and step by step we hope extend this to other areas including women football.”
UPL boss Arinaitwe Rugyendo commended the idea, adding that the development will help players in terms of motivation.
The players in the Uganda Cranes, FUFA Juniors League, FUFA Secretariat members and FUFA Delegates also have medical insurance with NIC.
Vicent Onyebuchi (Express) and Samson Kirya (Villa) are some of the players that have been sidelined by injuries in recent years.