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Magogo Blames Cranes Poor Show On Funding, Infrastructure

FUFA President Moses Magogo has finally broken silence on the Uganda Cranes poor performance at the 2020 Total Africa Nations Championship.

The Cranes lost 5-2 to Morocco to end bottom of Group E after a draw with Rwanda and a 2-1 loss to debutants Togo.

The Cranes, for the fifth straight appearance, have failed to progress past the CHAN groups, a tournament exclusively for players in domestic league.

Speaking at the ‘Tutegeere Omupiira’ show that airs out every Thursday on 102.1 FUFA FM, blamed poor infrastructure and inadequate funding for Cranes poor show in Cameroon.

“We are ranked 16th in Africa, but you cannot reach the top without infrastructures. Uganda has no football pitch approved by CAF but we want to go and compete,” Magogo said.

“We need to do a lot with our home league (UPL), set up infrastructures, make reforms in the league, commercially and technically.

“The Parliament has to allocate adequate funds to set up infrastructures (stadiums) and that is my role together with my fellow MPs to bring this on table.”

He also adds that funds allocated to the sports sector are still low.

“The 10 billion allocated to football is still little. We need more funding from the government. We need a hand from the government “

The Federation, in the financial year 2019/20, received Sh10bn out of the 25bn allocated to the Sports sector.

Many Sports Federations have showed their discontent with why FUFA keeps taking the lion’s share.

In a recent Education and Sports Committee of Parliament, Chairperson Jacob Opolot presented a proposal to have the money equally shared.

Opolot said that the Sh10bn, which FUFA receives direct from Government, has benefited individuals not football at large.

Magogo is the newly elected member of Parliament to represent Budiope East in the 10th Parliament.

He vowed to serve the people and bring on football ideas on the floor of Parliament.

“I am happy to be in Parliament now. Politics is about serving people. Sports has given us a platform that has enabled us to join politics,” Magogo added.

“We have worked on football problems, but we still have a long way to go. Football has got a lot of challenges, let’s try to correct the mistakes, rather than blaming anyone for the mistakes.

“I am going to bring football ideas in Parliament. We have shown that we have the potential in sports. In the last Parliament, Sports has not been a priority, we as FUFA forced Parliament to bring sports on the floor and that is why am now here.

“I am not going to keep quiet while in Parliament. We need to solve today’s sports problems and the time is now.”


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