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Uganda government to pay national team players monthly retainers

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 winning bonuses.

“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.

Charles Bakkabulindi, 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.

National team 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.

             

 

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