Vipers players in the dugout at St Mary’s stadium Kitende. Bata Images
Vipers players have cried foul after the club management decided to reduce their monthly salaries without consent, a source has told this website.
Sources close to the players claim that they received drastic salary cuts for the month of April and are yet to be paid for the month of May.
The players are upset with the new developments and with the way how the the situation has been handled for a club that has reportedly already signed Uganda Cranes defender Murushid Juuko.
Players who have been receiving over Sh1M have had about Sh300,000 cut off.
The players have tried to engage the club hierarchy in relation to the matter but have received a deaf ear, while other players have remained calm and it is said that they have received their amount in full.
Vipers is one of the known most paying club in the country – some top flight clubs have not paid their players since the year started!
It is understood that move was taken by the Vipers board in order to lessen the financial burden and economic effects that have been caused by Covid19 pandemic.
With the clubs struggling financially, FUFA said that the recent funds they received from FIFA was meant for the clubs but they will be hoping for some relief anytime from FIFA.
There has not been any football action since mid March when a ban on public gatherings was put into effect.
Vipers were declared champions of the 2019/20 season after the Federation decided to end the league due to the unending lockdown.
FUFA announced on Wednesday that the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League season is expected to start on a tentative date of October 17, 2020.
Any hope of return of football action for the clubs may be in form of Stanbic Uganda Cup – Vipers were knocked out of the competition by minnows Kajjansi United.