Uganda Cranes players refused to take part in training on Tuesday, June 02nd, sighting none payment of allowances.
The stand off came just two days before their second round fixture against Senegal, set to be played on Friday.
The players came out and assured they will not resume any activities until they are paid, prompting the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) to come out and clarify on the matter
FUFA posted a detailed explanation of the situation on their website, explaining how much has already been paid to the Uganda Cranes players.
“On the 2nd July 2019, The Uganda Cranes did not undergo training after players opted not to despite a training programme released by the technical team. Read a statement.
“FUFA has since engaged the players and confirmed that a complaint about emoluments as their cause of action.
“FUFA wishes to affirm that matters of the rights and obligations of the members 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. Every member of the team signed the Code of Conduct before being allowed into the camp.”
FUFA went ahead and broke down the ‘Code of conducted.’
The federation also claim to have paid the players $420 for the camp in Uganda, $5100 for that Abu Dhabi camp, $4,000 for the win over DR Congo and $2000 after drawing with Zimbabwe.
According to the statement released by the Federation, they calim to have paid the team an extra $2780, per person for the international friendly against Ivory Coast, one that Uganda won 1-0 a few days to the tournament.
The whole total amounts to $14,600 (App UGX 55m), they money FUFA claims to have paid each player as at Tuesday, June 02th, 2019.
FUFA also came out and confirmed that they do not owe any player any money and claim to have explained the situation to them (players) who in turn opted to renegotiate the ‘Code of Conduct’ after qualifying to the round of 16 leading to the decision not to undergo training on Tuesday.
It now remains to be seen whether the players will try on Wednesday as they need to keep in shape for the clash with the Lions of Teranga.
Uganda finished second in Group A despite losing 0-2 to Egypt in the last game.
The Cranes had earlier defeated DR Congo 2-0 and drawn 1-1 with Zimbabwe, ensuring a spot in the AFCON knockout stages for the first time in 41 years.
The full round of 16 fixtures
-Egypt Vs South Africa
-Madagascar Vs DR Congo
-Nigeria Vs Cameroon
-Senegal Vs Uganda
-Algeria Vs guinea
-Morocco Vs Benin
-Mali Vs Ivory Coast
-Ghana vs Tunisia