If the events unfolding about Uganda Cranes players being paid their allowances were a movie, it would be series and the end far from now. Yesterday the football governing body Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) published a list of payments to the players who did duty for the Cranes for a period of 33 months, from July 2018 to March 2021.
On the list the has 30 players, former Cranes skipper and goalkeeper Denis Onyango was the highest paid as he reportedly received Shs320,617,500 followed by Khalid Aucho with Shs304,495,000, Nico Wadada with Shs304,214,100, Emma Okwi with Shs302,032,500 Farouk Miya Shs290,154,200 and Hassan Wasswa with 279,853,334 among others.
Mike Mutyaba who lighted the storm on social media was said to have pocketed the lowest amount Shs12,950,000.
“These payments are direct income by players and do not include any other expenses incurred on the team over the period. Please note that more players are paid by FUFA than listed here, these same players have earned from other FUFA sources but this is from the Government,” said FUFA.
In a phone call interview with Matooke Republic, Mutyaba refuted to have ever received any money from FUFA that came from the government of Uganda.
Concealing their identity, Mutyaba revealed that he has talked to several other players who also denied receiving any monies from government through FUFA.
Mutyaba shared a comment from Hassan Wasswa who said that players have been asking the federation about government money and they have always been told that the money has not yet come.
The former Cranes striker has threatened to sue the Moses Magogo led FUFA for publishing misleading information concerning players’ payments.