KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA)
has disclosed that the government has accepted to pay national
team players monthly retainer fees of 270 US dollars each.
“For the beginning
we shall pay 50 national team players from January to June of
this year before the government includes the next payments in
the next financial year,” Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo, the Uganda
FA President told Xinhua on Wednesday.
This is a huge boost
to the development and promotion of football in the country
where players in the national team are only paid allowances and
“We are happy that
after our meeting with the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni last month in Rwakitura, he accepted to invest more in
football and these are the fruits of that meeting,” added Magogo.
He said besides the
monthly retainers for the national team players whose names will
be supplied by the national coach, the players will also have
full medical insurance and pre-tournament medical assessments.
Magogo said they are
very appreciative of the government because they have also
relased finances to cater for salary for the new coach Sebastien
Desabre for the next six months. The new French born coach took
up the job last December from interim coach Moses Basena.
the State Minister in-charge of Sports told Xinhua that paying
these national team players will greatly motivate them better
because football remains the number one sport in the country.
“Let us see if there will be a change after this monthly
retainer is paid,” added Bakkabulindi.
In the past the
government is only paying monthly stipends to athletes who win
medals for the country in the international competition. Over 20
track and field athletes including 2012 London Olympic gold
medalist Stephen Kiprotich are benefiting from the project.
striker Derrick Nsibambi was very happy with the initiative to
pay players monthly retainers. “We are going to work even harder
for the national team because there are now more incentives,”
said Nsibambi, scorer of Uganda’s only goal at the 2018 Total
Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.