Kateregga hits back over delayed Presidential payment

Kateregga hits back over delayed Presidential payment
Allan Kateregga and Bevis Mugabi of Uganda during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Uganda training at Arab Contractors Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 25 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 26, 2020. 09:00

Uganda international midfielder Allan Kateregga has hit back over the delay of payment promised to the Cranes’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

The Ugandan team was promised US$1million by the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni, but as yet the money has not been forthcoming.

The players have queried the promised money, with goalkeeper Denis Onyango seeking clarity over the matter earlier this week.

Farouk Miya also weighed in: “We feel frustrated, unhappy and somewhat under-appreciated that our token of appreciation hangs in balance. We truly believe that you will come to our rescue soonest as you have done in the past,” he is quoted by Goal.

This led to the Minister of State for Sports, Hamson Dennis Obua, to call for patience from the players, insisting that this issue will be dealt with by the head of state.

“He [Obua] didn’t care to say anything until now!” Kateregga Tweeted in response. “Why should we believe anything he has to say?

“They will take pride in seeing us suffer long after our careers and all they will ever say is we misused the money. Which money we never received!”

Uganda appeared at the AFCON in 2019 for a second successive time and exceeded expectations by finishing second in Group A behind hosts Egypt and advancing to the round of 16, where they were narrowly beaten by eventual runners-up Senegal.

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