Ugandan club KCCA FC is deliberating whether to suspend paying salaries for players and staff if the football ban continues past the 32-day period.
The club vice-chairman Aggrey Ashaba has said that the club will find it tough to foot the wage bill in the absence of gate collections.
“Football is a business and because the club hasn’t been able to earn from gate collections it’s difficult. For now, we shall be able to meet our obligations but if this situation continues we will be forced to take drastic measures like not paying staff and players,” he told NBS’s The Score on Sunday night.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni suspended all football activities on Friday last week in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Uganda confirmed its first case on Saturday evening.
The outbreak has led to dozens of countries suspending their leagues and tournaments. CAF suspended CHAN 2020 that was scheduled to take place from April 4 to 25. The African football body had earlier cancelled the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were set for the last week of March.
Dozens of African nations have now suspended domestic football and international games, including Egypt, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, Gabon, Sudan, Botswana, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Guinea and Sudan.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world and an international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan). It has infected at least 354,000 people and killed at least 15,400.