Several Uganda Cranes players that were part of the team that helped the nation qualify for AFCON 2017 finals remain in catch-22 over delayed bonuses from State House.
A couple of weeks ago, H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni promised to pay bonuses for players and officials who were part of the team and just last week, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) confirmed the president has fulfilled his promise.
“We are in touch with State House over the transfer of the players and officials bonuses on to their accounts,” said The FA spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Marsha before adding;
Some players and officials have received their bonuses but we shall ascertain the exact details when the process is completed and release an official statement.
A week later, Kawowo Sports understands that although a big fraction has been cleared, some players are yet to receive anything on their accounts.
One player who referred anonymity was astonished at the developments querying the manner which has seen some of his colleagues that were unused substitutes get paid before some that had minutes in the campaign.
As a player, I have been patient given FUFA told us it’s a process but I am now afraid I may not get my pay. How someone who didn’t play a minute gets before some of us leaves us in a disarray.
When contacted to comment on the matter, Hussein said FUFA is yet to deviate from the statement they issued seven days ago.
“We issued a statement last week and that remains it,” he said thus an implication that another statement will be issued after process is done and dusted.
Meanwhile, another player denied the process being ongoing revealing that his inquiry into the matter from State House showed the process was complete.
I have someone inside there who told me the process was done and only names forwarded by the FA were cleared.
Norah Nassimbwa, a state house official who is normally entrusted with finances as regards to the national team and FUFA couldn’t comment on the matter insisting she isn’t in position to do so.
“I am not in position to comment on the matter,” she stated when contacted.
Kawowo Sports’ investigations into which players are not paid yet indicate that the KCCA trio of Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Robert Ssentongo and Brian Majwega are yet to see anything on their respective accounts.
Others are Proline’s Edirisa ‘Torres’ Lubega, Sonderjsyke’s Emmanuel Okwi as DR Congo based Davis Kasirye.
Free State Stars’ Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza as well as Vipers right back Nicholas Wadada plus midfielder Hassan Wasswa Mawanda are also not paid yet with the latter’s payment going to another account thanks to mistaken identity.
The 35 Players that featured for Uganda Cranes in the Road to Gabon
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara and Jamal Salim
Defenders: Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Richard Kasagga, Isaac Isinde, Joseph Ochaya, Nicholas Wadada, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Timothy Awani, Shafik Bakaki and Alex Kakuba.
Midfielders: Farouk Miya, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Yasser Mugerwa, William Luwagga Kizito, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Tonny Mawejje, Mike Azira, Brian Majwega and Ivan Ntege.
Forwards: Geoffrey Massa, Yunus Sentamu, Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza, Emmanuel Okwi, Robert Ssentongo, Brian Umony, Edirisa Lubega, Davis Kasirye and Erisa Ssekisambu.
*The list includes players that were in the match day squad for the six matches
BELOW ARE THE SIX TEAM SQUADS FOR THE CAMPAIGN
Uganda 2-0 Botswana 13th /09/ 2015
Denis Onyango, Denis Guma, Brian Majwega, Richard Kasagga, Isaac Isinde, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya, Luwagga Kizito (Hassan Wasswa), Brian Umony (Yunus Sentamu), Geoffrey Massa and Godfrey Walusimbi (Robert Ssentongo).
Robert Odongkara (GK), Shafik Bakaki, Yasser Mugerwa and Alex Kakuba
Comoros 0-1 Uganda 5th/09/2015
Denis Onyango, Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya (Joseph Ochaya), Luwagga Kizito (Yunus Sentamu), Brian Umony (Ivan Ntege) and Geoffrey Massa
Robert Odongkara (GK), Richard Kasagga, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Yasser Mugerwa
Burkina Faso 1-0 Uganda – 26th/03/2016
Denis Onyango, Denis Guma, Joseph Ochaya, Godfrey Walusimbi (Emmanuel Okwi), Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Aucho Khalid (Hamis Kiiza), Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya, Luwagga Kizito and Geoffrey Massa (Moses Oloya)
Robert Odongkara (GK), Timothy Awani, Mike Azira and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda
Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso – 29th/03/2016
Denis Onyango, Denis Guma, Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Isaac Isinde, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje (Erisa Ssekisambu), Farouk Miya (Yasser Mugerwa), Emmanuel Okwi (Moses Oloya), Luwagga Kizito and Geoffrey Massa
Robert Odongkara (GK), Timothy Awani, Mike Azira and Godfrey Walusimbi
Botswana 1-2 Uganda – 04th/06/2016
Denis Onyango (GK), Denis Guma, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, , Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya (Godfrey Walusimbi), Luwagga Kizito (Yasser Mugerwa) and Geoffrey Massa (Emmanuel Okwi)
Robert Odongkara (GK), Edirisa Lubega, Davis Kasirye and Erisa Ssekisambu
Uganda 1-0 Comoros – 4th/09/2016
Denis Onyango (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya, Luwagga Kizito (Emmanuel Okwi), Geoffrey Massa (Hassan Wasswa Mawanda) and Moses Oloya (Godfrey Walusimbi),
Salim Jamal, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu and Ivan Ntege