The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Club safety and security workshop got underway on Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
With escalating cases of hooliganism and violence during league games, FUFA thought it wise to have the workshop to equip stadia stewards on how to maintain order and manage violent scenes.
The workshop attracted 35 participants from different clubs across the country and will be conducted for three days.
FIFA and CAF trained safety and security officials Hajji Jamil Ssewanyana, Humphrey Mandu, Hajji Abdul Lukooya and Dixon Okello are the facilitators of the workshop.
In his remarks, Humphrey Mandu who is also the FUFA Deputy CEO- Services officer argued participants to be honest to themselves while attending the workshop because they will help to overcome the vice of hooliganism in stadia.
“This is a very big step towards fighting the vice of hooliganism and violence during league games. I thank FUFA for this bold step and I want to call upon all the people taking part in this workshop to be committed because they have to go out and implement the skills they will gain from here.”
FUFA National security officer, Hajji Abdul Lukooya Ssekabira who is also a member of the FUFA Executive Committee asserted that the purpose of the three-day workshop in to fight against hooliganism.
‘We have officially begun our three-day FUFA Club safety and security workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to fight against hooliganism. Football is a beautiful game that must be enjoyed and watched in peace. We want to have more fans coming to the stadia but with hooliganism, we can’t realize this target.”
StarTimes Uganda Premier League CEO, Bernard Bainamani Bampire who was also a participant lauded FUFA for the workshop and he is optimistic the vice of hooliganism will be solved.
“This is a timely intervention from FUFA as we seek to curb the vice of hooliganism that has painted a bad image in our league. I believe we shall get many ideas on how to solve the challenge and this will definitely help in the long run.”
Fred Ochen ( Mandela National Stadium Limited)), Lorna Akewu( KCCA FC), William Aupal (Mandela National Stadium Liited), Abu Zikusooka( SC Villa), Emma Bazawula ( SC Villa ) , Juma Ssemanda (KCCA FC),Sula Kamoga (Wakiso Giants FC), Joseph Oundo (Vipers SC), Edison Shaban Sabasaba (Onduparaka FC), Fred Mwanjuzi (URA FC), Bernard Bainamani Bampire (Uganda Premier League CEO), Mansoor Kimumwe( FUFA), Gordon Roy Mundeyi ( Uganda Premier League), Michael Wandera ( Tooro United), Paul Kabaikaramu Paul (Uganda Premier League), Vivian Tendo ( Mandela National Stadium), Issa Kakaire (URA FC), Patrick Kizito ( Express FC), Ronald Ssewankambo (Mandela National Stadium Limited), Jackson Nyiima(FUFA ), Hosea Mukasa (BUL FC), Mathias Mugwanya (Bright Stars FC), ASP Francis Kidega ( Police FC), John Puule ( URA FC), Ronald Kabega (Wakiso Giants ), Eric Luyombya (Wakiso Giants), Hassan Wasswa ( Proline FC), Umar Bumali Mwesigwa (Mandela National Stadium Limited), Ismail Sewaya ( Kiira College Butiki )