Preparations for the forthcoming FUFA Drum are in high gear with both the Federation and the participating provinces drawing strategies ahead of the new edition.
With the tournament returning for the first time after a two-year hiatus, FUFA thought it wise to have a capacity building workshop for administrators across the 16 provinces.
It is upon this background that a three-day Football Administration and Management Course (FAMACO) which started on Monday at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru has been organized.
Ronnie Kalema, a FUFA Executive Committee member who is also in charge of the Football development docket believes this is a right step in attempting to spread professionalism.
“After two years of no action due to COVID-19, we thought it wise to take officials through a number of management and governance aspects because this will help in the proper running of the tournament,” he said before adding, “We also want to show them that football is business and therefore if you organize your province well, rally fans to come in numbers, sponsors and partners will come on board.”
Kalema is one of the facilitators at the workshop. Others include FUFA Deputy CEO-Football, Decolas Kiiza, FUFA Education Officer, Jackson Nyiimaand FUFA Football Development Director, Ali Mwebe.
Andrew Kaweesa, the Chairperson Buganda Football Association believes this was an important step made by FUFA to equip the province administrators with knowledge before kickoff.
“I must say we are learning a lot from here. If we all go and put into practice what is being taught, we will have a great tournament,” he said.
Jamal Ngoobi, the Chairman Bukedi Province also shares similar sentiments and hopes FUFA can such interventions frequently.
The first group of provinces that is currently in Njeru includes Teso, Karamoja, Bugisu, Bukedi, Sebei, Busoga, Buganda and Kampala.
The remaining 8 will also go through the same process for three days, starting Thursday.
The third edition of the FUFA Drum is expected to kickoff on Saturday, 30th July.
Acholi are the reigning Champions having won the 2019 edition.
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