Row Deepens as ‘Uganda Cranes’ Coach Threatens to Sue Football Body over $70,000 in Unpaid Salary Arrears

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The Coach of Uganda national football team “The Cranes” Micho Sredojevic said is taking legal action against the country’s football governing body Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) over unpaid salary arrears and allowances.

Micho raised concerns just four days after leading Uganda to their first Nations Cup finals due in Gabon next year.

Daily Monitor newspaper reported that  Fufa owe the Serbian five months in salary arrears amounting to $60,000. Sources inside Fufa indicate that Micho earns about $12,000 a month.

This newspaper also said while the coach’s bonuses for the just-ended Afcon campaign were cleared by Fufa, together with the players and his technical team, the federation still owe Micho windfalls from the two Chan qualifiers against Sudan and as many World Cup qualifying ties against Togo.

“Fufa’s bonus system for Cranes players in competitive engagements is silent on coaches’ amounts, but it indicates that players get $2000  for a win, $1000 a draw and $500 for a loss. If we are to use the players’ structure, Micho would be due $8,000 for the four home and away wins against Sudan and Togo” Daily Monitor wrote.

Micho is also entitled to some tickets back home at least once a year but Fufa is yet to reimburse the coach for at least two or so of them.

As of last night, a return ticket from Entebbe to Belgrade, Serbia via United Arab Emirates was $1600 (Shs5.4m). The total of salary arrears, match bonuses and air tickets would come to Shs235m.

Fufa president Moses Magogo refused to comment on the issue: “I will not make a response to that now. We are retreating to discuss a few issues before we make a few statements.”

The Fufa executive was locked up in a meeting last evening to discuss this and several other issues including gate collections from Sunday’s 1-0 Cranes victory over Comoros, whose attendance has come under scrutiny after an estimated 60,000-plus people crammed the 42,000-capacity Namboole.

Micho could not deny nor confirm the finer details in this story but admits distress and meeting with Magogo on Tuesday to sort out things.

“I got promises that I will be cleared soon. Let’s see,” he said, adding, with a jibe at government, “Uganda is the only country in Africa that has qualified with only rare occasional government support.”

Credit: Daily Monitor