Uganda head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is set to beseech HE President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to compel the Ministry of Education and Sports to act quickly and release the funds meant for the team ahead of their crucial game against Senegal according to impeachable sources.
President of Uganda is on Tuesday hosting the Cranes team to a luncheon at the State House in Entebbe, the invitation by the President is meant to give the team an official send-off luncheon.
The Cranes are preparing for a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal in the neutral ground of Marakkech, Morocco on September 7th.
Jessica Alupo, the Minister of Education and Sports, last week disclosed that they had committed over $130,000 for the Cranes’ preparations for the Senegal game and also catered for a chartered plane to take fans to Morocco and cheer the team but the FA claims not a single penny has been remitted to them.
With direct interaction with the President, the Serb tactician is understood to be ready to voice his team’s problems to the Head of State.
“He (Micho) is definitely approaching the President about the money issue. He needs the money so bad that he can’t spend an hour without talking about how crucial the Botswana and Turkey trips are to his plans of ousting Senegal,” a close associate to the coach told RED Pepper Tuesday noon.
Uganda need an outright victory to qualify for the next phase because the Teranga Lions of Senegal lead the group by a point.
But before the match against the West Africans, the Cranes travel to Botswana on Thursday ahead of an International friendly against the hosts on August 31st in Gaborone. The team will return to Uganda on September 1st for a few hours before heading to Istanbul, Turkey for four days of camping.
“The government should be serious and release this money quickly because we have already embarked on training and yet we need allowances for the players as a motivator,” Micho told RED Pepper Online after their Monday training session at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Micho said although he does not want to be a politician to push government to send this money, he does not see why, if the money was approved, it’s taking long to come through.
“Let the relevant authorities leave the element of bureaucracy and become effective,” he added.