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Disappointed Cranes Team Make Trip Minus Promised Gov't Cash

The government today failed to deliver on time a promise to the Uganda Cranes team as disappointed players this afternoon traveled to Botswana without allowances. The coach says he may have to dig in his own pocket to motivate the team.

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The government today failed to deliver on time a promise to the Uganda Cranes team as disappointed players this afternoon travelled to Botswana without allowances.

 

It took a lot of convincing by the FA officials and head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic for the players to travel as they had earlier threatened to stay behind if they were not paid.

 

Mujib Kasule, a member of the technical committee and the FA’s Vice President in-charge of the league confirmed the team's departure. He said the players only agreed to travel for the international friendly against Botswana as they await response from the government.

 

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The coach told Uganda Radio Network on phone as he boarded a Kenya Airways flight at Entebbe International Airport that he might have no option, but to give the players some of his money to motivate them. He said he hopes he will be able to recover his money when government pays up.

 

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni two days ago presented a dummy cheque indicating that the team would receive about 384 million shillings to prepare for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal. But FA officials have been regular visitors at the Ministry of Education and Sports trying to get the money, but to no avail.

 

Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports later said that he was going for a meeting with the Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi to discuss matters pertaining to the government support to the team and other matters concerning football.

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