1 September 2016

Uganda/Comoros: Fufa Yet to Get Government Funds for Comoros Game

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Fans await the Uganda Vs Comoros game at Mandela National Stadium.

Kampala — Three days to the Uganda highly-anticipated Cranes Afcon encounter with Comoros and the government is yet to honour Fufa's proposed Sh3b budget for the national team preparations.

According to the federation publicist Ahmed Hussein, Cranes preparations are still running on a meager budget as they wait for government's response.

"The president (Moses Magogo) is still engaging the relevant authorities to get the funding but that doesn't stop our prepartuions. We hope government comes in fast so that the boys can get the much needed morale to take us to the Afcon finals," Hussein said yesterday.

In mid-July, Magogo, accompanied by sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi and NCS officials, met with representatives of President Museveni's advisor on security, Gen Salim Saleh and handed over their budget. Hussein said they had planned to give each player $10,000 (Shs33m) as winning bonus.

Bakkabulindi, in a separate interview, said that government is working around the clock to see that the team is facilitated. "We have to beat Comoros at all costs. Government is ready to support the team to achieve that," Bakkabulindi said.

Meanwhile, according to Fufa organizing committee chairman Bernard Ogwel, the Comoros team will come in two batches and will be accommodated at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala. "We expect the first batch from France on Thursday (today) at midday and the second group from Comoros will jet in on Friday," Ogwel said.

Elsewhere, Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Emilian Kayima assured the media at Mengo yesterday that an expansive security plan has been drawn to combat theft, violence and terrorism during the crucial game.

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