AFCON: Ugandan Team Threatens Strike as Coach Fines Players Over Indiscipline


Uganda Cranes players during training
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All is not well in the Uganda Cranes camp in Cairo, Egypt following reports that players have threatened to go on strike over disciplinary actions taken by Coach Sebastian Desabre against some players.

On Tuesday evening, a number of online media outlets reported that the players were striking over their unpaid allowances and this is why the team did not hold its scheduled training at Arab Contractors Stadium.

The boys are meant to receive USD 4,000 for a win at the Nations Cup and USD 2,000 for a draw, which according to FUFA, the country’s football governing body, is yet to be paid for the DRC and Zimbabwe games.

Since their camping in Abu Dhabi where the team spent nearly 3 weeks to acclimate themselves with the hot climatic conditions in the area, each player has been receiving Shs 550,000 daily.

Uganda will face West African side, Senegal this Friday at the Round of 16 stage in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 tournament in Egypt.

However, SoftPower News has since established that the strike is not related to any pending allowances and bonus as reported, but rather to penalities passed on certain players by the coach due to indiscipline.

According to a source in the Cranes camp who exclusively spoke to SoftPower News on condition of anonymity, Maritzburg United F.C midfielder, Allan Kateregga alias Dancing Rasta on Tuesday allegedly abused and insulted Cranes fitness trainer, Jerome D’Antonio over a reason yet to be established.

The source says, goal keeper, Jamal Salim Magoola who plays for Al-Hilal Club in Sudan, also disobeyed instructions of the coach during a training session prior.

As such, a furious and disappointed Desabre decided to penalize the duo with a fine of USD 1,000 and USD 2,000 respectively.

“The Coach fined Kateregga USD 1,000 because he abused the fitness coach and Jamal was fined USD 2,000 because of disobedience. This is why there was no training today,” revealed the source.

The angry two players thereafter according to the source, resorted to inciting the rest of the prayers in the camp against further training and preparation for the next game.

It is not clear whether the training will be conducted later today (Wednesday) or it may still be put on a hold.

By press time, FUFA had not yet issued a statement on the issue.

This is a developing story.

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