Uganda players refuse to train ahead of Senegal AFCON clash over unpaid bonuses

Uganda players refuse to train ahead of Senegal AFCON clash over unpaid bonuses

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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Tension has gripped Uganda Cranes camp ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations last 16 encounter against Senegal after players reportedly refusing to turn up for their Tuesday, July 2, training session.

The East Africa nation has enjoyed an impressive campaign in the ongoing continental tournament in Egypt after sealing a place in the knock-out stages.

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Cranes finished second with four points in Group A that included Zimbabwe, DR Congo and competition hosts, Egypt.

However, their magnificent campaign could be derailed going forward, with players protesting over unpaid bonuses amounting to $6,000 (KSh 600,000).

It is believed the players were in line to receive $4,000 and $2,000 for defeating and drawing against DR Congo and Zimbabwe respectively in the group stages.

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However, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) says they already paid the accrued amounts to each player.

"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," the statement said.
"As of 2nd July 2019, each player has received up to 14,600 USD (App 55m UGX) already with more daily allowances and winning bonuses awaiting to be earned and paid on time," the staement continued.

Meanwhile, the team will face Senegal on Friday, July 5, in the Round of 16 of the competition.

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