Simba, URA Refuse to Pay US$20,000 Security Fee to FUFA

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Uganda’s football representatives at continental level next year, Simba and Uganda Revenue Authority Football Clubs, have refused to pay a security fee of US$10,000 each to the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).

Uganda’s football representatives at continental level next year, Simba and Uganda Revenue Authority Football Clubs, have refused to pay a security fee of US$10,000 each to the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
 
The two teams could be stopped from taking part in the Orange Champions League for URA and the Orange Confederations Cup for Simba FC if the FUFA executive meeting taking place this afternoon decides otherwise after the two teams refused to meet the deadline for payment last Friday.
 
Simba Coach Fred Kajoba told Uganda Radio Network that club bosses refused to pay the money because they say it’s not stipulated anywhere in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rules.
 
Last week FUFA spokesman Rogers Mulindwa said the two teams would miss out if they failed to pay the surety fee.
 
The football governing body said the money is simply for security purposes so that the teams are taken seriously and don’t withdraw along the way and make the Federation to incur a penalty from CAF.
 
In the past, Uganda has had teams enter the continental tournaments and eventually withdraw because of financial problems, thus forcing CAF to slap cash fines on the teams and the Federation. Last year, SC Villa’s last minute withdrawal from Confederations Cup cost FUFA a fine of US$3000 while the federation footed another fine of US$5000 for the indiscipline exhibited by the KCC fans in South Africa during a match against Super Sport FC in 2009.
 
When contacted, URA coach Alex Isabirye said although he does not want to get mingled into management issues, the club bosses are still trying to talk to FUFA because they think asking for that money is being unreasonable.
 
But Mulindwa told URN that they gave the two teams enough time to pay and they will simply pass judgment today and later communicate to CAF.