President of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Moses Magogo has called upon government to come up and help finance the national team.
Speaking to URN in an exclusive interview in Mengo this afternoon, Magogo revealed that they require about UGX400 million for the team to prepare adequately and also travel to Nouakchott for the match.
//Cue in: “To organize the …
Cue out:..break even.”//
The FA President explained that since the 2015 Afcon qualifiers started, the FA has not received financial assistance from the government and yet neigbouring countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan cater for their teams.
Uganda Cranes have an advantage after beating Mauritania 2-0 last Saturday at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole with Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Massa scoring the goals.
He said perhaps the message of the national team requiring assistance is not delivered to the President Yoweri Museveni by the people around him who must do that work.
Asked where the FA will get the money to cater for the two teams, the Cranes and U-17 who have to travel to Rwanda for the return leg of the 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier if the government fails to help, Magogo said they will find a way out and instead divert monies meant for development to the national team.
He however said diverting this money meant for development to the national teams will however hurt the development side of football.
//Cue in: “Now what happens…
Cue out:..to Rwanda.”//
The Cranes who resumed training on Tuesday under the watchful eye of Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic need a win, draw or a 1-0 loss to qualify for the Group stage of the qualifiers. If the Cranes eliminate Mauritania, they will join the Group that has Guinea, Togo and the Black Stars of Ghana.