Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was paid Shs 230.4 million, according to the accountability report sent to the ministry of Education and Sports.
According to a letter dated July 7 signed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) chief executive officer, Edgar Suubi Watson, Sredojevic was reportedly paid emoluments under the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations report.
The letter was sent to the state minister for Sports explaining Fufa accountability from 2013 to 2016.
State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi, in his letter dated July 4 had directed the federation to provide accountability for all funds and resources received from sponsors, the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) and the Confederation of Africa Football (Caf) by July 13.
He said failure to do so would result into severe repercussions from his office.
In his letter also copied to the minister of Education and Sports, minister of state for Higher Education and minister of state for Primary Education, among others, Watson attached copies of the 2017 Afcon report, audited financial statements for 2013 to 2016 and the general assembly reports from 2013 to 2016.
He makes it clear, though, that Fifa funds are accounted for separately to the world football body after audit.
“Fifa funds are conditional grants with project regulations that must be complied with to ensure continued funding,” states part of the letter.
Besides Micho’s emoluments, the accountability report under 2017 Afcon clearly spells out details that they paid Shs 156 million towards clearing the Uganda Cranes team bonuses when they beat Congo Brazzaville.
Another Shs 20.5 million went to clear the team’s official kit, while Shs 92 million was spent on the training camp in Tunisia.
Furthermore Watson indicates in the letter that Shs 223.3 million was spent on the training camp in Dubai and another Shs 80 million catered for the Cranes during the Afcon finals in Gabon.
Watson also highlighted in the letter that although the Uganda Cranes’ brand has sponsors and partners in Airtel Uganda Limited, Nile Breweries Limited, Bidco Limited, Ecobank and National Insurance Corporation (NIC), among others, there is no contractual obligation in case the team qualified for the Afcon finals.
“Therefore, as expected, there were no funds from the sponsors towards Afcon final expenses,” Waston explains in the letter.
“We believe that this answers the prayers raised in the aforementioned letter. We shall always respond to any queries whenever need arises,” he adds.