With negotiations in progress to bring back Supersport to broadcast the top flight league, FUFA is confident that the project is on a right path.
While addressing the media on developments from the meetings that have been held between FUFA and the top flight sides, the federation’s President Eng Moses Magogo says there is positive progress.
Involvement of key players
FUFA has met the 16 FUFAS Super League (FSL) clubs under their , government, USLL (Uganda Super League) and Supersport over the issue of injecting money into the top flight league. FUFA has also consulted FIFA on this matter.
‘The discussions are about tapping into resources for the league. The decisions taken by Fufa are in the interest of development of football’ said Magogo.
The leader of Ugandan football stressed that FUFA and clubs have the football while USSL has a contract with Supersport.
Magogo appreciates clubs’ efforts to find a sponsor
‘I must commend the clubs for their attempts to get another sponsor. FUFA applauds the clubs’ efforts in a bid to get funds’ added Magogo.
Upon the consent and consultation with clubs, FUFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USSL.
Magogo advised the clubs that they can continue to engage potential sponsors in the next two years.
‘We want to honor an agreement that FUFA has signed until a time when there is a reason for not abiding by it’ stressed Magogo who was flanked by FUFA spokesperson Ahmed Hussein, Finance Director Decolas Kiiza, FUFA referees standing Committee (FRSC) Vice Chairman Yusuf Kamulegeya and Competitions Director Mwebe Ali.
The FSL has given out the TV rights only and other sponsors are welcome on board for various properties.
FSL still has the mandate to run the top flight
The federation has communicated to the 16 clubs about issues regarding the governance of their entity.
‘FUFA has not taken away the mandate from the FSL to run the top league. We want to have all the FSL shareholders as legal entities. FSL must issue shares to shareholders so that they have the mandate to decide on legal matters of their clubs’ said Magogo.
Clubs signing deed of Adherence
This is not a contract. The Deed of Adherence is about compliance to standards of TV production and clubs that will appear on TV will have signed it. It is not mandatory for clubs to sign but it comes with benefits for teams appearing on TV’ added the FA boss Magogo. Clubs are expected to submit the deeds of adherence in the nearest possible time to beat the deadline of coming up with teams interested in having their matches broadcast.
Name of the league remains FSL, Fixtures out
The name of the league is FSL as per the FUFA statutes. The party running the league is may be different and the name will be Uganda Premier League (UPL). The league will be run by a special purpose vehicle with a committee of five at a Secretariat whose location will be named soon.
‘FUFA has communicated its well thought out position on the matter. A long meeting was held with the clubs and positions have since changed’ said Magogo as he stressed on a point about the progress of the 2014/2015 FUFA Super League season.
The fixtures of next season have also been released.
Football is about ambitions, National U-17 league in the offing
‘Football is about ambitions as the U17 National league is a well thought out project’ added Magogo.
The FUFA marketing team has been beefed up and all is being done to have as many sponsors as possible.
FUFA has set the pilot project to kick off in Kampala before it spreads to other parts of the Country.
Photo: FUFA President Eng Moses Magogo addressing the media during the weekly press conference in Mengo.