Ugandans are latest AFCON team to refuse to play over non-payment

July 4 – Uganda are the latest African country to strike over non-payment of performance bonuses after a training session ahead of their last-16 African Cup of Nations tie against Senegal was called off.

The players reportedly were striking over bonuses worth $6,000 each for the group stage win and draw against Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe respectively.

The country’s football federation (FUFA) however insists that the players have been fully paid up including allowances covering the one and a half months of training camp they had before the tournament.

According to FUFA, each player has so far been paid a total of $14,600. The money includes $4,000 for their win against DR Congo, $2000 for the draw against Zimbabwe, $5,100 each for 34 days of camping till June 30th at a rate of US$150 per day, $420 for 14 days of camping in Uganda and $300 for an international friendly against Ivory Coast played in Abu Dhabi.

FUFA say the players are trying to “renegotiate” the terms of a deal signed between the two parties.

“As of 2nd July 2019, each player has received up to $14,600 … with more daily allowances and winning bonuses awaiting to be earned,” a statement read.

It is the latest such dispute to break out at the tournament, following issues with Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon.

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