Uganda Cranes AFCON Budget Cut

FUFA director of finance, Decolas Kiiza  (L) addressing the media in Mengo on  Thursday

As the Uganda Cranes intensify preparations ahead of the 2017 African cup of Nations, buy more about the local football governing body, FUFA have confirmed government will foot the bills for the team to the tune of 4 billion 390 million shillings.

While addressing the media at FUFA headquarters in Mengo, Kampala on Thursday, director of finance, Decolas Kiiza revealed they are in final stages of acquiring the money from government.

“The budget is at the desk of the Hon. Minister of Education and Sports and we are optimistic we shall have positive response very soon,” said Kiiza.

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However, Kiiza confirmed the budget was trimmed from the initial proposed 6 billion shillings to 4.39 billion shillings following several meetings.

“We had several meetings with the physical education department of the Ministry of Education and Sports and National Council of Sports and government could afford 4.39 billion, so we had to adjust our programme,” he said.

The 4.39bn will cover all aspects of the preparations including the training programme, flights, player allowances and other costs.

“Activities on this programme have already started and as FUFA, we are using the available meager resources to make sure we book and progress with the plans and make payments later when government finally remits the money,” Kiiza explained.

Uganda Cranes who are in group D with Ghana, Mali and Egypt will play at Africa cup of nations for the first time since 1978.


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