Embattled FUFA President, Moses Magogo, has questioned why the government has not come out to help the national football team as they head for the 2014 African Nations Championship.
“It is very frustrating that the national team is going to represent the whole country and yet government cannot release a penny for them. All the other 15 teams that will take part in the CHAN tournament are supported by their governments and it’s only the Uganda FA that has to look around for money to cater for the team,” said a sad Magogo in an interview with this newspaper.
The President made it clear that the FA does not have enough money to run association football without government support.
“It is high time government realised that the national football team is big and they must come and support it. We can run football together with sponsors and the government,” he added.
The last time the government of Uganda supported the national team was during the last group game for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Marrakech, Morocco.
When our reporter tried to contact the State Sports Minister, Charles Bakkabulindi, for comment, he was not available as his phone was switched off.
At the recent 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya, the FA also footed all the bills for the team, although the players complained that the allowances were not sufficient.
The Cranes, who will be making a second attempt at the CHAN event, having failed in 2011 in Khartoum, Sudan, will depart for Cape Town tomorrow. The delegation will be led by FA member Rogers Byamukama.