Kampala. Under normal circumstances, Fufa ought to be focusing on how the Uganda Cranes will negotiate the tricky 2017 Afcon qualification trip to Comoros next week.
But these are not normal circumstances. Having spent, according to Fufa president Moses Magogo $650,000 (Shs2.4b) on 14 international matches since March 2015 and collected about $70,000 (Shs255m), the federation has exhausted its own abilities to fund the Comoros trip.
The team requires $210,000 (Shs763m) to adequately prepare for a match the country must win to remain top of the qualifiers. Uganda won the opening match beating Botswana 2-0 at Mandela National stadium, Namboole in June. When Uganda was drawn with Burkina Faso, Comoros and Botswana in Group D, many celebrated a seemingly favorable draw for Cranes. But Magogo reiterates that the biggest obstacle to the country’s hopes is ‘ourselves’.
“We made our request to government many months before this campaign kicked off but until this late we are only hopeful but not sure. We have approached all the powers that are but no breakthrough yet,” Magogo told Sunday Monitor.
“His Excellency the President appreciates the contribution of sports to the country and knows the significance of this match in the context of qualification and since he has done it before, we believe he will do it again. But in event that we get no funding, we have no option but to withdraw from the competition,” he added.
In the last month, President Museveni has financed the national netball team and the national basketball team for global and continental events respectively.
In the unfortunate event that Uganda withdraws, an imaginable fine and sanctions up to four years await the country from international competitions. The likelihood of that happening remains a long shot.
The national team was due to enter camp yesterday afternoon at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru.
Costs for comoros
*Expenses on preparations – $27,500
*Air tickets of players to K’la – $22,500
*Air tickets to Comoros – $60,000
*Advance party to Moroni – $5,000
*Pre-competition medical – $3,000
*Contingency for delegation – $2,000
*Bonuses and allowances – $65,000
*Accommodation in Moroni – $25,000
Group D Afcon qualifier
September 5th in Moroni
Comoros vs Uganda