KAMPALA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has this Monday afternoon awarded members of the victorious Cranes team that beat Kenya 2-1 in the CECAFA Tusker Senior Challenge Cup final.
In a function at the Sejovalo Hotel, FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa rewarded the 20 players with 700 U.S. dollars each, while the amount given out to the five officials who make the technical bench including coach Bobby Williamson was not mentioned.
Although the players had reportedly wanted 1000 dollars each after the final on Saturday, the Federation made sure they gave the same amount given out last year when the team won the trophy in Tanzania.
"The players also got the same amount after beating Rwanda in last year's final in Dare es salaam," explained FUFA Vice President (in-charge of league) Mujib Kasule.
The team won 30,000 dollars for winning the trophy, while the Kenyan team took home 20,000 and third placed Zanzibar bagged 10,000.
Team captain Hassan Wasswa told Xinhua News that the players are happy that they have been rewarded.
"First of all we are happy that we worked hard and retained the trophy, but again it's good that we have been rewarded for the work well done," said Wasswa.
After the final, Ugandan players were voted best players. Striker Brian Umony who did not feature in the semifinals and final due to injury was voted player of the tournament, while Robert Ssentongo was top scorer and Hamza Muwonge best goalkeeper.