Sunday January 7 2018

Uganda Cranes start with Shs630m banked

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Kampala- Uganda Cranes have already banked Shs630m for featuring at this year’s Africa Nations Championship (Chan), Shs180m more that they got at the 2014 edition.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) prize money list for the fifth edition that gets underway in Morocco next Saturday guarantees at least US$175,000 (at least Shs630m) for all 16 teams.

That’s the minimum that the national team will earn if they finished bottom of group B which also has Zambia, Namibia and Ivory Coast.

Then coached by Scot Bobby Williamson, Cranes failed to win a game let alone score a goal on their tournament debut in Sudan seven years ago. They had been paired with Sudan, Algeria and Gabon. Algeria and Sudan got to the semifinals with the former losing to eventual champions Tunisia.

There have been signs of improvement in each of the last two editions held in South Africa (2014) and Rwanda (2016). Cranes came third upon the conclusion of the group stage. Fufa would then receive US$125,000 (about Shs450m as per the current dollar rate) from Caf.
Cranes have never made it past the group stages of this biennial competition that only allows local-based players from African league.

Zambia, Mali and Zimbabwe constituted the opposition two years ago while the latter, Morocco and Burkina Faso locked out Uganda in the Rainbow nation in 2014.

If Desabre Sebastien takes this team further than Milutin Micho (2014 and 2016) and Bobby Williamson (2011) have, Fufa’s accounts will yet bulge with more cash.

Winners – US$1.25m
Runners-up – 700, 000
Semifinalists – 400, 000
Quarter-finalists – 300, 000
Third in the Group – 200, 000
Fourth in the Group – 175, 000