The Uganda National Football team announced on Tuesday that it was facing a financial crisis as they prepare for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The team is set to make its first Cup of Nations appearance in 39 years.
According to Decolas Kiiza, the Uganda Football Association’s head of finance, they’re still waiting for the Ugandan government to give them the cash they had promised. The money is crucial to helping the team with preparations for the tournament and then at the tournament itself.
Kiiza claims that they had made a budget of $2,122,909 which officials from the Ministry of Education and Sport and the National Council of Sports decided to slash to $1,226,855. The Ugandan FA is still waiting on that money to come. Kiiza also added that the team has to rely on the FA’s own limited resources in order to aid in keeping them on track with their training schedule.
“We call on the government to come in quickly to help the situation because we want to send a very strong and well motivated team,” Kiiza told BBC Sport.
Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports, claimed that the FA needs to wait until the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, responds to the budget details he forwarded to her in order to receive their advance.
Uganda travels to Tunisia on Friday for an international friendly before heading to the United Arab Emirates for an eight day training camp. After that they’ll take part in two more tune-up matches between Slovakia and current African champions Ivory Coast.
Uganda will go head to head with Egypt, Ghana and Mali in Group D of the tournament.