By Ronald Musoke
Although the Uganda Cranes clinched a record 13th CECAFA senior challenge Cup at the just concluded regional tournament held in Kampala, it all turns out this was a pyrrhic victory as the event left the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Ushs 250m in debt.
Uganda hosted the 36th edition of the oldest competition on the continent between Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. The tournament brought together up to 12 nations including debutants South Sudan.
While speaking during the weekly press conference at FUFA House in Mengo, Moses Magogo, the FUFA Vice President (technical) said although the tournament was sponsored by East African Breweries’ flagship brand, Tusker, the sponsorship contributed about 40% of the entire budget made by the local organizing committee.
According to Magogo, the committee came up with a budget of Ushs 750m yet they managed to fundraise about Ushs 500m, leaving them with a deficit of Ushs 250m. The money catered for accommodation, transport and other logistics.
Magogo suggested that the shortfall came about because of a lack of interest from Ugandan fans who were still nursing the Cranes’ failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations which kicks off in South Africa later on this month.
Magogo also noted that the abrupt visit by the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, alongside his delegation also meant that the local organizing committee had to look for resources to cater for him and his entourage during the entire tournament.