Government of Uganda has released Shs 1 billion (about $280,000) to the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) ahead of Uganda Cranes two remaining 2018 World Cup Qualifiers games against Ghana and Congo.
This comes a week after FUFA President Moses Magogo called on government to support the Uganda Cranes to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Magogo last week revealed that preparations for both games would require $500000 (about Shs 1.7 billion).
“I am very excited that the Government has answered our call for the support to the Uganda Cranes and this cash will clear amongst others the bonuses and allowances for the players and coaches. This is the kind of motivation that will influence the sporting results,” Magogo said.
“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,” he added.
The FUFA President also revealed that he has been assured by the Uganda Cranes players and coaches that as always, they will give their best for their country in the games which are around the corner.
Uganda (7 points) is second in Group E, which is led by Egypt (9 points).
Uganda Cranes shall host Ghana on Saturday, 7th October 2017 at the Mandela National Stadium Namboole and later play with Congo November 6th.
The winner in Group E will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.