Federation of Uganda Football Association [FUFA], Moses Magogo, says the football governing body offered to double former Cranes coach, Milutin Sredojević Micho’s salary but he rejected the offer.
“We offered to double Micho’s salary but he rejected the offer. The federation had nothing more to do,” Magogo told journalists at FUFA House in Mengo on Monday.
He said for the sake of national pride and patriotism, government should take up paying the national coach.
Magogo said the federation made the effort to retain the Serbian coach by doubling his salary as well as paying his salary arrears.
“What the federation owed Micho ($54,000) was so little compared to the $600,000 already paid to him since 2013,” Magogo argued.
According to him, FUFA essentially owes Micho $4,000 in salary arrears while the $50,000 is bonus for Afcon qualification.
“Micho simply got a better offer because compared to other coaches on the continent, his salary was low.”
Magogo revealed that they have submitted a proposal to government to take over paying the coach and buying air tickets for players as well as their allowances.
He claimed Uganda Cranes players receive Shs10m each per every game they win and that “the wins have been many”.
“It is true the federation gets money from Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] but they are conditional grants not meant to be diverted to pay the coach.”
Magogo claimed he was ‘amazed’ that Ugandans are concentrating on non-football issues instead of consolidating what Cranes has achieved (wins).
“For now, the federation is not receiving any applications for the position of national football team.”
“People should realistically speak about how much it costs to finance a national team and pay a national coach.”