Uganda Cranes Captain Dennis has threatened to quit the national team over reckless comments made by FUFA president Moses Magogo last week. The newly elected parliamentarian was reacting to complaints by national team players over unpaid arrears.
These comments didn’t go down well with many of the players who have since come out to express their disappointment.
Magogo’s excuse for not disbursing the player’s allowances was they had not impressed at Africa’s premier tournament for locally based players, CHAN.
What did they play? When you demand money, what have you put on the table?
They went for CHAN and played shitty football then they come back and demand money. What are you demanding, and what did you do?FUFA President Moses Magogo
One player who did not wait for a whistle to be blown is former KCCA forward Sulaiman Mutyaba who pitched camp at FUFA’s Mengo headquarters on Friday to air his grievances. Holding placards with messages calling for the engineer’s resignation, Sulaiman and entourage held a demonstration that ended in ugly scenes as the security at FUFA House descended upon them. The former goal-machine was then arrested but has since been granted a police bond.
Onyango Joins Cause.
As one would guess, a campaign calling for Magogo’s head gained lots of attention on social media over the weekend and was propelled further this morning as Ugandans woke up to an audio recording of national team captain Dennis Onyango voicing his concerns. In the recording, the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper threatens not to take part in the world cup qualifiers and does not know who will actually play for the Cranes if the trend continues as it is.
You embezzle funds meant for players and when we complain, instead of addressing the issues, you start making reckless statements. (referring to the football as shitty).
Each national team player is supposed to earn one million shillings but none of us has ever seen this moneyCranes Captain Dennis Onyango on Magogo’s remarks
In the close to one-minute audio recording, Africa’s Mr. Safe Hands reiterated his frustration in playing for what he called unappreciative FUFA before challenging them to set up another team that won’t play shitty football.
Onyango had earlier hinted on retirement in his tribute to his former deputy at the national team Hassan Wasswa over the weekend. The midfielder cum defender announced his retirement from the Cranes fold after thirteen years of donning the national team jersey.
FUFA has not yet come out to clarify on the events involving Onyango and Mutyaba.