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FUFA, UPL hold Symposium aimed at professionalizing local league

Thursday 5th July 2018

Serene Suites Mutundwe

The game of football has taken several changes over the years and in the modern set up, there are new innovations and inventions almost on a daily basis. With the sports industry and football in particular becoming a lucrative venture, the stakeholders need to embrace the new trends to ably compete.

It is on that note that the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has embarked on a strategy to make sure the game is given a facelift and suit the professional and modern set up.

FUFA in conjunction with the Uganda Premier League on Thursday organized a one day symposium at Serene Suites Hotel in Mutundwe, Kampala for all the 16 clubs playing in the top tier league  aimed at transforming the local league  into a more professional and competitive entity.

This directly falls in line with the Vision of becoming the number one football nation in Africa on and off the pitch that FUFA set in its 5 year strategic plan.

The symposium was attended by several key stakeholders including FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, club chairmen and Presidents, Club Owners,  CEOs, coaches, the Uganda Premier League Secretariat and the FUFA Executive Committee Members among others.

FUFA President Eng.Moses Magogo addressing UPL Club Officials during the football symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.

In his remarks, the FUFA President indicated that in order to achieve the target of transforming the game, concerted efforts from all stakeholders are needed to move in the same direction.

We have set ourselves a Vision of becoming the number one football nation on the continent and in order to achieve this, we need all the stakeholders on board and to play their respective roles. Football has evolved over the years and keeps going through changes almost every hour. It is therefore important that we also follow the modern trends so as to get to our dream’ said Magogo

The FUFA President went ahead to assert that the main aim of the symposium is to find the challenges that clubs face and give solutions.

The symposium today will help us know the current status of our clubs, the achievements so far, the challenges and forge a way forward.”  He added.

Uganda Premier League Chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo at the Symposium
L-R KCCA FC top guns Aggrey Ashaba (Chairman) and Josephine Namukisa (CEO)

The meeting dwelled on 8 key areas that included;

  • –          Governance
  • –          Financial Management
  • –          Sporting Set Up
  • –          Marketing and Communication
  • –          Equipment and Infrastructure
  • –          Events and Matches
  • –          Strategic Planning
  • –          Employees and Staff
L-R Express FC strongmen Hajji Hassan Bulwadda and Vincent Bbale Mugera at the Symposium

The attendants were divided into eight groups with each of the group discussing the aforementioned topics, highlighting the areas of concern and at the end giving opinion on how best they can be achieved.

FUFA Instructor on Administration Rasoul Ariga(White) during the group discussions
Dr James Sekajugo-Chairman FUFA Medical Committee headed a group during the discussions on Nutrition and Players’ Health

The FUFA President further went ahead to state that at the end of the symposium, every club should formulate a strategic plan.

“We have thought as FUFA for us to be able to develop we must work on human resource that is coaches, players, administrators, we must work on strategy. Our objective is that every club has a long term plan to move itself from the position in which they are to self reliant.” He stated.

UPL Marketing and Communications Manager Roy Gordon Mundeyi during the FUFA-UPL football Symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.
SC Villa Chairman Ben Misagga (M) controbuting in group discussions during the football symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.

Uganda Premier League board Member, Fred Guy Kawuma lauded the Federation for the initiative indicating this will help clubs to improve and in the long run give a facelift to the game in the country.

“As Uganda Premier League board, we thank FUFA for this Symposium because it will help our clubs to develop professionally through the several ideas discussed here and  in the long run will transform the game in the country’ Kawuma said.

FUFA Referees’ Instructor Denis Batte making his Presentation during the Symposium

James Odoch, the head coach of Nyamityobora FC who also attended the symposium noted that through such interactions, different stakeholders learn new ideas on how to run clubs.

The symposium has helped administrators and coaches learn a lot and I believe the ideas generated will help our clubs to improve in several aspects’ said Odoch. 

Sc Villa Jogoo CEO Ivan Kakembo at the Symposium contributing during the discussions

This is one of the several symposiums that FUFA has had over the years. The others include the FUFA Football Summit that was held in March this year and the maiden one in 2016.

Club officials dicussing during the football symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.
Club officials dicussing during the football symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.
Club officials during the FUFA-UPL football symposium at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018

Club Chairmen and Presidents who attended:

Ben Immanuel Misagga ( SC Villa), Hon. Mwine Mpaka( Mbarara City FC), Hajji Hassan Bulwadda( Express FC), Ronald Mutebi (Bright Stars FC), Aggrey Ashaba (KCCA FC), Ronald Ofoyrwoth (Paidha Black Angels), Emojing Peter (Soana FC).

URA FC Fans’ Director John Pule Amigo making his point during the Symposium

Coaches that attended: Wasswa Bossa( Soana FC), James Odoch ( Nyamityobora FC), Sam Ssimbwa(URA FC) and Fred Kajjoba(Bright Stars FC), Edwatd Kalungi, Paul Mukatabala (Uganda Football Players’ Association)

Coaches on duty: L-R James Odoch (Nyamityobora), Wasswa Bossa (Soana FC) and Sam Simbwa (URA FC) attended the Symposium

Club CEOs that attended: Josephine Namukisa( KCCA FC), Mathias Mugwanya(Bright Stars FC), Pius Bamwange( Onduparaka FC), Salmin Saleh(BUL FC), Hamza Jjunju(Express FC), Moses Tusiime(Soana FC), Edward Kulubya(URA FC), Ivan Kakembo(SC Villa), Eddie Kayemba( Nyamityobora FC), Paul Mukembo(Kirinya-Jinja SS).

Nyamityobora Deputy CEO Fred Akena at the Symposium


MAIN PHOTO:FUFA and UPL Club Officials in a group photo  at Serene Suites on Thursday 5th July 2018.


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