Uganda Premier League referees yet to be paid last season’s dues

Samuel Kayondo (2nd R) with the other referees and referees assessor, Samuel Wesonga Egesa who handled the 2017 Uganda Cup final

With just a month to the kickoff of the 2017-18 Uganda Premier League season, topflight referees are in a quandary over unpaid dues from last season’s second round.

This was revealed to Kawowo Sports by a number of referees who preferred to keep their identity unrevealed.

“We haven’t received any remuneration for the entire second round,” they revealed.

And we don’t even have any communication in regards to when the money will come yet we are less than a month from the start of the new season.

The topflight referees are always paid by the league sponsors, Azam through the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) who receives their money via FSL.

It’s understood the $60,000 (Ugx 216 million) meant for the referees as well as the $40,000 (Ugx 144 million) for the FA from the league’s sponsors was all remitted.

Uganda Football Referees Associations (UFRA) chairman, Ronnie Kalema, a former referee admitted the referees still demand their pay but promised they won’t start the new season with arrears.

“It’s true, the match officials demand part of last season but I promise they will be no arrears going into the new campaign,” said Kalema.

For starters, we have referees’ day where a lot of activity will be done on September 2 and by that time, they will have received all their monies as promised.

Asked why there is such a delay yet Azam remitted the money, Kalema had no definite answer but had this to say.

Referees just like FUFA employees receive money depending on the cash flow at the FA. Priorities of the FA vary and maybe that caused the delay.

The new season kicks off tentatively on September 2, 2017.