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FUFA, UPL, Club Chairpersons engage in strategic meeting

FUFA on Wednesday held a strategic meeting with the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (board and secretariat) and Club Chairpersons aimed on how to improve the top tier league.

The meeting held at Imperial Royale Hotel which was interactive in nature made attempt at generating ideas on how to address the current challenges and how best the League can grow into a viable product.

A section of club chairpersons attending the meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel.

FUFA President who chaired the meeting started by lauding club chairpersons for their efforts in running clubs.

FUFA President Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim addressing the media.

“I take this opportunity to thank Club chairpersons for always committing your resources in terms of money and time to football. Without clubs you cannot have football and with such meetings, we need to come up with strategic ideas on how best we can improve,” he started.

“We all have a duty to develop our League and decisions made today will in the long run bring transformation. As FUFA, Uganda Premier League board and the clubs we must synergy efforts to cause the desired change.” He added.

FUFA President having a chat with SC Villa President Hajji Omar Mandela (standing) and SC Villa Board Member Gerald Ssendawula (seated).

The President hinted on three salient areas where emphasis must be put in order to make a complete turnaround of League.

  • Resources
  • Infrastructure
  • The Sports Law

StarTimes Uganda Premier League Board Chairman, Arinaitwe Rugyendo believes consorted efforts must be made to push the brand in the right direction.

UPL Board Chairperson Arinaitwe Rugyendo.

“I’m happy to say that the League is taking strategic decisions to make improvement. From the period of turbulence in the early 2000s to the recovery process we have been undergoing, it is high time that we find strategic solutions to the current challenges in order to create a good brand which generates income.” Said Rugyendo

Artiste Bebe Cool who came on the invitation of the FUFA President made a presentation to Club chairpersons on how football must work hand in hand with entertainers to pull crowds during domestic games.

Musician Bebe Cool.

Music and sport work in tandem. For example, over the weekend Rihanna performed at Super Bowl. How many people who literally didn’t know anything about NFL but watched because the musician was performing? So as FUFA, UPL and clubs, you must make a strategic move to tap into our fans by bringing entertainers to closer to the game.

Arua Hill Chairman Joel Aita putting his point across.

Club chairpersons were impressed with this intervention and indicated such engagements should be made often.

BUL FC Club Chairman (with microphone) Ronald Barente.

Diana Hope Nyago, the President of Busoga United FC tasked FUFA to make up follow up on the numerous ideas generated from the meeting.

“I’m delighted that FUFA is coming up with such interventions. What we need as football is to make long term strategies and I’m happy that several aspects have been discussed. What FUFA and Clubs need is to do a follow up.” She stated.

FUFA will come up with a document at a later date to contextualize all the ideas that were generated during the meeting.

Attendance of Club Chairpersons

Agnes Mugene – Blacks Power FC

Joel Aita – Arua Hill SC

George William Mulindwa – Vipers SC

Ssubi Kiwanuka –Express FC

Edrine Ochieng – Gaddafi FC

Ronald Barente – BUL FC

Omar Mandela – SC Villa

Musa Ssebulime – Wakiso Giants FC

Col. John Mark Ssemanda – UPDF FC

Dr. Micah Gaalya – URA FC

Aggrey Ashaba (Vice Chairperson) – KCCA FC

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