Uganda government to pay Cranes monthly stipends

Moses Magogo of Uganda Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The government of Uganda will pay national football team players monthly stipends of U$270 each, FA President Moses Magogo confirmed on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference at the FA's headquarters in Mengo, Magogo revealed that players will receive the money from January to June 2018.

"After our recent meeting with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at his country home in Rwakitura, it was agreed that 50 national team players will be receiving this money," Magogo told journalists. "The President said paying these players is another way of motivating them.

"We shall pick 25 from the open senior players, ten U-20 players and fifteen U-23 players," he added. "The list will change depending on several things including discipline and our belief is that this will bring more competition."

Beyond the monthly stipend, the government has also released funds to pay six months of the national team coach's salary, has offered money for organizing international friendlies, and proposed the purchase of a new team bus.

"These are good times working in the game of football in Uganda, and we thank President Museveni for all this attention he is giving football," Magogo added.

Previously, Uganda had only been paying national team players allowances while they were in camp with the Cranes, while the team were also eligible for win bonuses.

However, the FA President warned that giving financial incentives to the players isn't enough to ensure the national side improve.

"We need to have a better managed league, have good administration and everything must be run at a professional level which will bring a better mentality," he added. "This will make us better.

"If it means copying from some of the best countries in Africa and around the world then we need to copy so that we get better," Magogo continued.

"We shall organise a symposium in March this year for the technocrats and the head coach to speak football and be able to draw up a blueprint on how football will be managed in the country."