UGX2 Billion For Cranes – Minister

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The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has said the government has approved UGX2 billion for the national football team, Cranes.

The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has said the government has approved UGX2 billion (US$552,181) for the national football team, Cranes.

"Shs 2 billion has now been approved for the Uganda Cranes for preparations and participation at the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations. The money should be wired to the Uganda FA account today," Bakkabulindi told URN on phone.


The Uganda FA had submitted a budget of UGX7.6 billion before they were advised by officials from the National Council of Sports (NCS) and the Ministry of Education and Sports to reduce the budget to UGX4.5 billion.


But Bakkabulindi said after several consultative meetings they settled for a budget of UGX2 billion which he expects to be wired into the Uganda FA account today. "It is not a very simple task because we are also working on looking for money for the 2017 World Cross Country Championship that Uganda will host in March," explained the State Minister.


The Cranes who are expected to arrive in the United Arab Emirates today for eight days of camping are also reportedly in need of cash. "We only paid 30% of the expenses in Dubai and now need money to sort out the other expenses so that the team settles in well," Decolas Kiiza, the Uganda FA, Finance Director told URN.


After the 2-0 loss to Tunisia yesterday, the Cranes are expected to train in UAE and also play two more build-up games against Slovakia and Ivory Coast before traveling to Gabon for the tournament which runs January 14th to February 5th.


While the Uganda Cranes are still awaiting government's financial support, the government of Ivory Coast is spending UGX18.4 billion (US$5.1 million) on their team, while Ghana who are in the same group with the Cranes will have UGX11.5 billion (US$3.2 million) to spend on the team preparations.