By our reporter
FUFA has on wed.evening received financial support of UGX 1B (One Billion Uganda Shillings) from the Government of the Republic of Uganda towards the Uganda Cranes’ 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign.
This followed a meeting chaired by the Minister of Education and Sports also 1st lady Mrs. Janet Kataha Museveni, also attended by Minister of State for Sports Hon Charles Bakkabulindi, Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza, other Ministry officials and NCS where FUFA presented a budget of UGX1.3Bn before the Ghana match and UGX 900M for the post match expenses; for the matches against Egypt and Ghana to cover players’ and coaches’ allowances, bonuses, air tickets, accommodation, practice match (Madagascar) and other related costs.
The FUFA delegation to the meeting led by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, had 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha, CEO Edgar Watson and Finance Director Decolas Kiiza.
The First Lady emphasized the importance of Sport, and willingness of Government to finance excelling National teams and Athletes. She further appreciated the success registered by FUFA.
Mrs. Museveni however called for long term planning from Sports Federations, NCS, the Department of Physical Education and the Ministry of Education and Sports so as to avoid adhoc interventions. She pledged to avail time to meet with sports federations and share experiences for the development of sports in the country.
FUFA President Appreciates;
“I take the opportunity to thank HE the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the magnanimity towards the Uganda Cranes. I further thank the Hon Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni for the support and procedural guidance, the Hon Minister of State for Sports Hon Charles Bakkabulindi, the Ministry of Education and Sports staff, the NCS and all other persons their efforts”
I have been assured by the players and coaches that as always they will give their best for their country
The success of the Uganda Cranes in this campaign is a result of the support from Government. With a Chartered plane to Togo in 2016, the team registered double wins 0-1 and 3-0 to progress to the group stages for the first time. Financial assistance of $200,000 enabled the team to pick a point (goalless draw) from Ghana away in Tamale.