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Fatma Samoura visit to Uganda: Day 1 Recap

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Secretary General Fatma Samoura is in Uganda for a two day working visit.

The football family, government leaders and general sports fraternity warmly welcomed this high profile FIFA official on her first ever visit to Uganda.

She was welcomed at Entebbe International Airport by top FUFA officials.

Samoura commissioned the official opening of the extension to the FUFA Headquarters at Mengo and the nearby Kadiba project.

The extended headquarters include a state of Art 3-storied building and a bungalow house sitting on approximately 0.8 acres.

FUFA Headquarters extension

The project was funded by the FIFA Forward 1.0 under the FIFA Presidency of Mr. Gianni Infantino costing about 800,000 USD in acquisition of the land and construction costs.

The event was graced by the minister of state for sports Hon. Hamson Obua, UOC president William Blick, who is also the IOC Board Member, Buganda Kingdom sports minister Owek.Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu, Commissioner in the ministry of education and sports Omara Apitta, Honary FUFA President Dr Lawrence Mulindwa, Uganda Cranes head coach Johnatan Mckinstry, FUFA delegates, Judicial Bodies, USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi, UPL Board Chairman Arianitwe Rugendo, UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani, Mariam Mpaata (runs the global goals project), Gunter Lunge, FUFA staff among others.

The guests on the third floor of the new building
Fatma Samoura (middle)

Quotes:

FATMA SAMOURA:

‘FIFA has been following the progress of the Uganda .You have the support of FIFA President. Earlier today, I met with the Speaker of Parliament and discussed the need for an updated sports law to rhyme with the new FIFA regulations. To the sports state minister, the ball is in your court. We want a law compatible to FIFA statures that will address the vices as doping, match fixing and the like. We want our football to be a safe place for the children.Thanks very much for everything you are doing.’

ENG. MOSES MAGOGO

‘I am very delighted to be here today on such an occasion.FIFA has a big dream for Uganda’s football. We shall continue to promote and protect the beautiful game. By strategy, we have opened up a number of relationships with institutions as churches, Kingdoms. I thank Dr Lawrence Mulindwa’ s contribution since 2004 when we started a revolution to improve the image of game back then.’

EDGAR WATSON

The extended headquarters is a landmark feat registered at FUFA. Under the leadership of Eng. Moses Magogo, we are overwhelmed. We recruited more staff from three to 60 most of them on a permanent basis and others volunteers. Therefore, there was need and demand for wider space. We approached our neighbours through a one gentleman, Musoke to procure the land through FIFA Forward funding. The construction was in two phases; to procure the land, construction and furnishing. We also embarked on the FUFA headquarters parking project and soon, we shall embark on the e-project. Some of the challenges encountered were the bureaucratic nature of the process, the change of the new design and fluctuations in costs which affected the budgets.’

Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa, Honorary FUFA President:

‘Back in 2004, we started a revolution. Yes, revolution indeed. We used our brains. I am very happy that what was started can see the fruits. Keep it up for the work well done and may God bless you. Put these projects to good use and use them for multiplication’

HAMSON OBUA, STATE SPORTS MINISTER:

One of the sources to local federations is grants from international organizations. I salute FUFA for being able to solicit funds from FIFA and CAF, as well as other sponsors and partners. Let other associations and federations borrow a leaf

The cake cutting infront of the new office extension
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