(L-R) Farouk Miya and Moses Oloya are joined by Geoffrey Massa of Uganda as they celebrate a score against Congo Brazzaville during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers on 12 November 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix
Monday Jan 09, 2017. 12:30
Latest information coming through from Uganda is that the Cranes have received a huge financial boost ahead of their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon.
It is reported that the Ugandan government has released funds for the national team totaling a sum which is considerably less than the Ugandan FA (FUFA) requested.
The BBC reports that the government has given US $540716 to help the Cranes at the tournament which kicks off in Gabon on 14 January.
Uganda's State Minister for Sport, Charles Bakkabulindi, admitted the sum is much less than the US $2 million FUFA had wanted, but said the government also had to factor in other commitments.
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"We are happy that although the money has taken a while to come out, it has finally come and it will handle several aspects including allowances for the team in Gabon," the Minister told BBC Sport.
Bakkabulindi also added that since the CAF has sent over US $200,000 for each of the 16 teams to help them participate at the Nations Cup, the Uganda Cranes already have some financial support.
Last month the Ugandan FA was facing a financial crisis with the FA's head of Finance, Decolas Kiiza, saying they needed quick government intervention.
Based in Port Gentil for the continental showpiece, coach Milutin Sredojevic's side reached the tournament after a 39-year absence.