Uganda’s national team, the Cranes, players will each received over 27 million Ugandan shilling (7511 US dollars) for playing in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) according to a report by Daily Monitor.
“We agreed that each of the 23 players who made it to Gabon will get US$7,500 (about Shs27,150,000) as appearance fees at the event,” Uganda FA head of Finance, Decolas Kiiza told the Daily Monitor
The Cranes lost to Egypt 1-0 on Saturday at the Port Gential Stadium in Gabon.
Uganda’s Football Association decided to top up the players’ appearance fees to 7500 dollars from the government’s budget of 5,000 dollars. The team’s players will pocket 3,000 dollars each for every win and 1500 dollars each for every draw and an additional 7500 dollars for qualifying for the semi-final stage.
All the bonuses promised to the team are meant to come from the cash prize that the team will pocket at the AFCON.
The Uganda Cranes became the first team to exit the African tournament after losing the opening match 1-0 to the Black Stars of Ghana and following it up with the same margin loss to Egypt. The Cranes yesterday traveled to Oyem where they will face Mali in the last group D match on Wednesday.
“We have learnt a lot from this experience. All the games played at 2017 AFCON continue to make us a better brand,” said head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic