With no football action for the last 3 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, StarTimes Uganda Premier League clubs have found themselves in crisis and are finding it almost impossible to meet their contractual obligation to their staff members.
In a letter dated May 7th, 2020, the Uganda Premer League board wrote to the Federation of Uganda Football Federation (FUFA) requesting financial support to enable them to meet their obligations through this trying moment.
In the letter, Clubs are seeking support to enable them to clear players’ dues for at least the last 3 months as most of them have found it hard to fulfill all of their financial obligations.
Each club is requesting for support worth Shs. 60m mainly for support to cover for the monthly payment of 40 players and technical staff.
The Secretariat also requested for Shs. 68,654,390/= to be used to clear office rent expenses (April-July 2020), Communications (including the Internet), Staff salaries, office car expenses (fuel inclusive), general office expenses (pantry, cleaner, stationary, etc) and to clear governance costs.
Please use this link to download the full Relief Support letter addressed to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations.
In April 2020, FUFA received USD 500,000 from FIFA as immediate financial assistance to be used to ease the financial impact of COVID-19 on football in Member Associations.
It is left to be seen if the football federation will use part of this money to help out the 16 top tier clubs