Uganda Boxing and Table Tennis Presidents take jibe at FUFA for failing once again to get out of group stage although government facilitated them

UUSFA has also asked for a repeal of the National Council of Sports Act of 1964, which according to them is totally outdated and cannot address the modern sporting environment and needs of the 21st century.

Jan 23, 2023 - 14:59
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Uganda Boxing and Table Tennis Presidents take jibe at FUFA for failing once again to get out of group stage although government facilitated them
Uganda Boxing and Table Tennis Presidents take jibe at FUFA for failing once again to get out of group stage although government facilitated them

KAMPALA - Sports federations under their Union of Uganda Sports Federations and Associations- UUSFA have always complained about the unfair distribution of funds among sports federations in the country.

According to UUSFA, the country lacks a sports funding policy which leaves many sports federations in the dilemma of facilitating their activities while others are fully funded. “Sports in Uganda is so underdeveloped and this is because of the absence of a sports funding policy. It is very unfortunate that Ugandan sports funds are spent without the necessary enabling law/policy which would have guided us all on how and where to spend our sports funds allocated by parliament,” read a statement presented by Robert Jaggwe, the UUSFA secretary-general.

UUSFA has also asked for a repeal of the National Council of Sports Act of 1964, which according to them is totally outdated and cannot address the modern sporting environment and needs of the 21st century. The union argues that there are many things that potential investors could do to help Ugandan sports even without government funding but they are limited because of the obsolete law.

Section 5 of the Act limits the funding of the council to the government without clearly spelling out how other sponsors can come in. In the same meeting, the Union called for the increase in sports funding to 200 Billion UGX.

"With a coach paid over $ 25k monthly, luxurious training camp in Dubai, we are still eliminated at CHAN group stage, do we need to start camping in heaven for us to winner soccer titles," tweet from Uganda Boxing Federation President.

He added other tweets; And the poor performance of @UgandaCranes at CHAN & AFCON since 1980s, the Failure to qualify for @FIFAWorldCup since 1900. Can easily corrupt the minds of @GovUganda to think that all sport in Uganda is unserious.

2bn UGX was given to @UgandaCranes for CHAN till the finals, Now that we have been eliminated at group stage! Can we return the balance of the money to @NCSUganda1 for other federations to utilize @OfficialFUFA @JanetMuseveni @KagutaMuseveni @Parliament_Ug @NBSportUg @ntvuganda

Meanwhile, the Uganda Table Tennis Federation President Robert Jjagwe wrote in a WhatsApp group; "I can never be happy that our country Uganda has lost and is out of CHAN. I am also very sad for the innocent players who gave their all in this game.

But I cannot help to think that God could not allow the unfair Funding of the Ugandan Sports Sector to go unpunished.

Football was given 2 bn for this CHAN competition of just 2 weeks and all other 50 Sports Federations of Uganda will share only 298 million Ugx this entire quarter of 3 months. If you really needed the perfect definition of unfairness and Bad Manners, this is it." He added, "The ideal FUFA Budget for CHAN If on the high side, the Football team is 30 people, then this should have been the budget:

1 - Airtickets to Algeria at 6 M Ugx each = 180 M

2 - Feeding & Accommodation in Algeria for 20 days at 400,000 Ugx each per day = 240 M

Total Budget should have been only 420 M Ugx. Even if you added an extra 80 M as miscellaneous and give FUFA 500 M, this should have been enough for that trip.

So 2 bn Ugx when other Federations have almost nothing is a grave injustice to our fellow Citizens.

And of course I cannot count the unnecessary camp in Tunisia because we have had Federations camped in Uganda and they win Medals for the Country.

What is happening to other Sports Federations is the greatest Evil and unfairness of our era in Ugandan Sports.

2 bn to FUFA and all other 50 Federations sharing only 0.298 bn (or 298 Million Ugx).... JESUS CHRIST....!! .. ????????‍♂️????????‍♂️????????????????."

Meanwhile, Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic bemoaned his team's exit from the group stages of the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria.

The Cranes crashed out at the gorup stage after losing 3-1 to Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday in Algiers at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.

Uganda was group leaders before Sunday's match and the big defeat at the hands of the Elehphants sealed their fate.

“It is difficult to accept this result, but this is what happened. We dominated the game in terms of statistics, but in terms of goals we were not efficient,” the Serbian coach said at the post-match press conference,

The coach added that the experience will be of great benefit to the team as he continues to build a winning side.

"There are useful lessons that we learned. We played a good match and our players gave everything they had. We played three tough matches and this will benefit us in the future,” said the coach

“Micho” as the coach is affectionately known also lauded his team’s resilient effort.

"We attacked well and we had several chances, but football is like this sometimes. You unfortunately cannot score at every attempt."

The coach further praised the Côte d'Ivoire goalkeeper, Ayayi Folly for an impressive showing.

"We made some changes in order to increase the intensity of the front line, but the Ivorian goalkeeper prevented us from scoring, I consider him the man of the match because he did very well tonight"

Touching on the strength of his opponents, the coach said: "During our preparations for the match, we expected things to be difficult. The Côte d'Ivoire players have great experience and are active in well-known clubs so we expected a tough match. The good thing is that we created chances in the match, but conceding 3 goals was our downfall”, concluded the coach.

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