KAMPALA - Ugandan-based Uganda Cranes and KCCA FC players are smiling all the way to the bank after finally receiving their winning bonuses and pledge from winning the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and CECAFA Kagame Club Championship, respectively.
FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo made good of his promise to the 20 KCCA players that were triumphant last year. Each player has received a $1,000 (sh3.8m).
Meanwhile, FUFA also rewarded the Uganda Cranes players that won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, with each player getting $1,500 (sh5.7m).
KCCA beat Tanzanian side Azam 1-0 in the final, thanks to Mustafa Kizza's strike.
In December, Uganda beat Eritrea 3-0 in Kampala to lift the regional competition.
For most of the players, the arrival of the money will not have come at a better time. With all sporting activity under suspension due to the coronavirus lockdown in the country, many of them have been stretched to their financial limits.
One recipient, who did not want to be named, confirmed the development.
"Some of our clubs have not been paying us since the league was suspended. This money will help us in this situation and at the same time, we shall invest in our side businesses," he said.
"We want to thank FUFA for fulfilling their promise, more so that it came at critical moment."
Of recent, FUFA has been able to fulfill it promises made to players.
In March, they paid $300 (sh1.1m) to each player that took part in the 2020 FIFA U17 World Cup qualifiers when they eliminated Tanzania 6-2 to qualify to the final round of the qualifiers to face Cameroon.
The same team also received a pledge of $200 (sh760,000) after they won the CECAFA U17 Girls Championship that was hosted at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru last year in December.