The Uganda Cranes will miss pocketing over Shs 28 billion ($8 million) after failing to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup to take place in Russia.
Fufa’s vice president Justus Mugisha told URN that it is unfortunate the team’s failure to qualify means missing out on big money at the World Cup.
After drawing with Ghana last Saturday and Egypt beating Congo Brazzaville 2-1 on Sunday, the Cranes failed to book a ticket to Russia.
“We are disappointed that we failed to make it to the big stage. But we shall work hard and continue to focus on qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and performing well at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship,” Mugisha added.
So far, Nigeria and Egypt have qualified for the World Cup from the African continent, with three more places up for grabs.
The money awarded to the 32 qualifying teams will even get bigger for the 2018 edition. World football governing body, Fifa, will award a record Shs 1.44 trillion ($400 million) in prize money next year.
That’s 12 percent more than the Shs 1.29 trillion ($358 million) awarded to teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.