FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo addressing the media today. (Photo credit: Steven Mayamba)
By: Danito Nsubuga
Following the resignation of Cranes head coach Milutin Micho Sredejovic, FUFA has acted fast in appointing his assistants Fred Kajoba and Moses Basena to serve in interim capacity as the coaches for the national team.
This prouncement has been made by FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo during a press conference at FUFA headquarters in Mengo. He said,
” We sat as a family including the immediate former cranes players and decided that Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba should take over as interim coaches for the upcoming games, these include the home and away World Cup qualifiers between Uganda and Egypt”.
” We are currently not in any rush to appoint anyone and we shall make a communication using the right channels for people to come and apply for the Cranes coach after the Egypt games”.
Magogo went ahead and highlighted that FUFA did all in their powers to have Micho stay but he was determined to exit,
“We offered Micho an improved deal where by we were doubling his salary but he wasn’t willing to take it on, it’s on record that one West African country approached FUFA offering to pay in excesses of 200,000 US Dollars in leverage for Micho ‘s services but we turned it down for the best of football “.
He went further to refute the figures reported by Micho during his press conference held on Saturday indicating that he owed FUFA close to the tune of 64,000 USD,
” Micho only owed us 54000 USD in arrears out of the possible 600,000USD that we have managed to pay him in lumpsums. This includes the bonus that we promised him for qualifying for AFCON worth 50,000USD.”
“When I came into office, Micho had an outstanding balance of 20,000USD which we cleared, and we also cleared the 40,000USD owed to Bobby Williamson who had served before Micho “.
“We signed an exit agreement with him and arrangements to clear his arrears will be processed as soon as possible “
Magogo further acknowledged the fact that Micho has been one of the least paid coaches on the continent but he indicated that, this was not FUFA’s fault but the general lack of government support in the sports disciplines. He called upon the government to take over the payroll of some FUFA permanent employees including the national team coach, but he was appreciative of the support rendered by the government so far and he expects more to come, he adds
“We expect to involve the gov’t in the negotiations of terms of remuneration for the next Cranes coach “.
On the 12th of August the Cranes will host the Amavubi of Rwanda in the qualifiers of the CHAN championships to be held in Kenya early next year.