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DETAILS EMERGE: Uganda Cranes Call off Strike as FUFA Agrees to Pay $6000 Allowance to Every Player

Uganda Cranes players have called off their strike and agreed to show up for training ahead of their Round of 16 game against Senegal this Friday.

This was after the a closed door meeting between officials from the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and some of the players of the Uganda Cranes team.

In the Wednesday evening meeting, it was resolved that each player will get $6000 in allowances.

The Uganda Cranes team on Tuesday went strike in Cairo, Egypt where the players declined to show up for a planned training session.

The players, according to sources in Egypt claimed that the Magogo led federation had failed to pay their allowances as agreed before the start of the AFCON campaign in which Uganda has proceeded to the round of 16.

This would later spark bitterness among Ugandans both in Cairo and back in Uganda most of whom have blamed FUFA for not being considerate and appreciative.

But in a statement released on Wednesday morning, FUFA clarified that matters of the rights and obligations of the players of the Uganda Cranes at the AFCON 2019 inclusive of the allowances and bonuses of the team were discussed and agreed upon by the team and were put into a document called the Code of Conduct.

In the Wednesday’s meeting however, FUFA agreed to pay each player $6000 in allowances for progressing to the Round of 16 in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Themeeting was attended by among others; the Minister of State for Education and Sports Charles Bakabulindi, Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre amd three Cranes players Hassan Wasswa, Emmanuel Okwi and Denis Onyango (Goalkeeper and captain).

Okwi is the top scorer for Uganda with two goals, one against Congo and one against Zimbabwe

This website understands that the the cranes team has agreed to resume training and will be heading out for a training session at Arab Contractors’ Stadium in Cairo ahead of the Friday game against Senegal.

 

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