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FUFA President’s End of Year Message 2018: Magogo hails Government for supporting football, bigger plans coming

The Government of Uganda led by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been appreciated by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the continued support towards football development.

Government’s bold move to put in place a budget line for the National football team (Uganda Cranes) was one of the key highlights pointed out by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during his end of year message delivered on 27th December 2018 at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Flanked by the 2nd FUFA Vice President Darius Mugoye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edgar Watson and FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, the briefing was also attended by Decolas Kiiza (Finance Director), former FUFA General Secretary and current CAF CHAN organizing committee member Harunah Mawanda, Executive Committee members, Delegates and other FUFA Staff.

I thank the Almighty God for the gift of life. I thank my own family and friends in and out of football, the FUFA General Assembly, All stakeholders-internal and external. I thank the sponsors Airtel of FUFA and Uganda Cranes, and partenrs  Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO, Ecobank, BetLion, StarTimes, Pilsner and Stanbic Bank. I thank everybody who has made a contribution. The year 2018 has been a success story largely for FUFA. There have been great strides made with a couple of outstanding achievements.We are writing our own story. Advocacy to pull everyone, make the FUFA Institution better. The activities have multiplied over. We have improved on the resources from FIFA, CAF and sponsors.  We  havea strategy to improve relationships with various stakeholders – cultural leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, celebrities. We have undertaken the football activities by creating competitions as there is institutional and Industry order now. The image of FUFA is better with a big out-reach and there is confidence from stakeholders. I call upon everyone to join in developing the game of fotball. It is time for everyone to make a contribution. Players, club officials, the media and all other stakeholders. Let us make contributions towards football development. ‘ Eng. Moses Magogo

L-R FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, FUFA 2nd VP Darius Mugoye, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson

 2018 Highlights

  • Government put in place a budget line up to a tune of Shs 10 billion for the Uganda Cranes. Part of this money has been used to run and fund other National teams and FUFA Programmes. Previously 70% of FUFA Budget income was spent on Uganda Cranes.
The Head of State (in white shirt) and 1st Lady Mama Janet Museveni with their grand children in a group photo with the Uganda Cranes team prior to departure for Morocco ahead of the 2018 CHAN Championship.
  • Qualification for Uganda Cranes to the Total AFCON 2019 Finals tournament with one game left, no goal conceded and remains top of the group.
Uganda Cranes team that beat Cape Verde 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole to seal the AFCON 2019 ticket
  • Uganda Cranes back to back AFCON qualification. Whereas the qualification may not necessarily be the benchmark as a performance indicator, but making qualification a habit should be priority. There is need to demystify qualification.
Uganda Cranes fans passionately cheer the National team at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
  • Uganda U-17 qualifying for AFCON U-17 finals in Tanzania come 2019.
Uganda U17 players celebrating after winning the CAF U17 regional qualifiers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Being awarded to host the AFCON Beach soccer 2020 Finals. To be recognized among the big boys on the continent, a country also has to show ability to host big football tournaments. There is need to develop infrastructure.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad hands the CAF flag to the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo in Egypt. Uganda will host the next AFCON Beach Soccer finals in 2020
  • Uganda Cranes and Dennis Onyango have been nominated for the CAF Awards. Onyango on list of best African Player of the Year while Uganda Cranes nominated on the team of the year.
Dennis Onyango, Uganda Cranes captain was nominated again among the top 10 best players in African this year
  • Infrastructure journey- there has been etension of the FUFA offices in Mengo.  Acquisition of land in Rubaga to construct a modern training centre at Kadiba and the FUFA Stadium in Lugazi.
Foundation stone being laid in Lugazi where the FUFA Stadium will be constructed
  • Uganda Clubs on the continent. KCCA FC played in the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time and playing with the biggest clubs on the continent gives them added experience.
KCCA FC not only won the FUFA Super Cup and Stanbic Uganda Cup, but also played in the lucrative stages of the CAF Champions League group stages for the first time.
  • Rise of sponsorship monies- Over 20 corporate companies sponsoring FUFA and football industry.
Airtel Uganda is among the over 20 corporate companies sponsoring Uganda’s football. They are official sponsors of Uganda Cranes
  • Award to FUFA from the National Council of Sports in recognition as one of the best performing sports federations in the country.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and his Vice  Justus Mugisha recieve the best federation plaque from Hon. Charles Bakabulindi at Lugogo
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo shares a light moment with CEO Edgar Watson as they got set to answer questions raised during the press conference


  • People thinking about the game in an amateur setting. Football of volunteers, well-wishers and donations is football of yesterday. Football of today is packaged and sold to the masses.
  • Losing to South Sudan in the CAF U-23 qualifiers. We shall keep engaging youth teams in various CAF Tournaments
Uganda Kobs XI vs South Sudan at Lugogo

Focus ahead of 2019 (All rotating around the 8 Key focus areas)


  • Improve judicial system with qualified to ensure statures for the good of the game of football.
  • Match results integrity. Washing away pre-determination of results – Resist, Report and Recognise. With strong national laws.
  • Contribution to the national sports law.
  • Installed a new unit at FUFA – Compliance and internal audit worth USD 25,000.
Uganda players celebrate a goal scored by Norah Alupo of Uganda during the 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game between Swaziland and Uganda at Wolfson Stadium
Uganda Crested Cranes players celebrate a goal scored by Norah Alupo of Uganda during the 2018 COSAFA Women Championship tie between Swaziland and Uganda at Wolfson Stadium

Football Development:

  • Education of the people involved in football. Human Resource, coaches, referees, media
  • Beach Soccer and Futsal development
  • Technical Statistics
  • Sports Science and Technology development
The ground breaking ceremony at Kadiba project will improve infrastructure

Equipment and Infrastructural Development – Construction works continue at Kadiba and Lugazi facilities, Construction starts on FUFA Beach soccer centre, recruiting CEOs in the 8 regions

National Teams:

  • Recruited Paul Mukatabala as new National teams’ Officer to work under Patrick Ntege-National Teams’ Manager
  • 6 National teams will be engaged in International competitions starting with the National U-17 team that will be entered to take part in the CECAFA U-20 tournament in Uganda
Uganda U17 striker Iddi Abdu Wahid in action against Ethiopia U17 in Tanzania. FUFA intends to implement the primary schools competitions come 2019


  • New competition in Primary schools in every district. This is another catchment area to tap talents.
  • Undertake licencing local player agents.
  • Create electronic document center at FUFA.
  • Designing a youth strategy that will help us registered all football academies
FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein conducting tutorial sessions with the UPL Clubs’ media officers during the workshop at Njeru Technical Center.

Marketing and Communications:

  • Continue to improve the brand and image of FUFA
  • Improve the sales function at FUFA to bring in more revenues
  • Improve on digital numbers and listenership of 102.1 FUFA f.m
Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited took over the naming rights of the prestigious Uganda Cup in February 2018 with an improved package to Ugx. 330M in December 2018.
FUFA Finance Director Decolas Kiiza has witnessed the positive gradual financial evolution at FUFA

Finance and Administration:

  • Installed a new accounting software.
  • Budget discipline to work within the available resources
  • Improvement on FUFA Estates.  FUFA recruited Edward Kalungi as the Estates and Properties Manager
  • Recruitment of General Secretaries of the 8 football regions who will be employees of FUFA.
Some of the FUFA Delegates during the 94th FUFA Ordinary Assembly held in Kabale

Meanwhile, the media were also accorded a special moment where they shared their views about the FUFA President’s End of Year message as well as posed questions for clarity.

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