UEFA Pitch Management and Maintenance Workshop
20th – 22nd February 2020
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
UEFA Pitch Management and Maintenance Workshop officially got underway at Mandela National Stadium on Thursday.
The official opening was graced by FUFA Executive Member Rogers Mulindwa together with the Chairman FUFA Competitions Committee and Exco Member Hamid Juma.
The 3-day workshop is aimed at facilitating Stadium Groundsmen on the areas of pitch management and maintenance.
UEFA expert Philip Fifield is in Charge of the workshop that is attended by 35 participants from different parts of the country.
FUFA came up with such initiative with the support of UEFA through the UEFA Assist Project formally to educate Groundsmen on how to manage and maintain pitches in order to overcome the challenges of maintaining green and good grass on pitches as required by the FUFA club licensing committee.
In his remarks, Rogers Mulindwa commended UEFA for supporting the program and stated that the workshop will overcome the pitch problems we face currently.
‘As we work to become number one in Africa, we must have good pitches for our players to play and enjoy their game. The problem of poor pitches is currently affecting our game however we thank UEFA for the support and hopefully the workshop will change the appearance of our pitches.’ Said Mulindwa
FUFA Club Licensing Manager Ivan Kintu Bayige confirmed the beginning of the workshop with much confidence that the Groundsmen will receive the basic knowledge for maintaining and managing pitches.
‘We have officially begun our 3-day Pitch Management and Maintenance Workshop for Stadium Groundsmen. We have been challenged with inconsistencies in having good pitches that can pass required Club Licensing guidelines. We are very sure that solutions to the pitch maintenance challenges will be met at the end of the workshop.’ Said Bayige
The Program started on Saturday 15th February with testing and examining soils and grass for 17 stadiums pitches in Arua, Jinja, Kampala, Masaka, and Mbarara.
Tabu Godfrey (Mbarara City FC), Tumuhamye Ronald (Rwampara), Niwagaba Aggrey (Kabale), Edson Shaban SABABA (Arua), Lumala Adrian (StarTimes Stadium Lugogo), Ssemanda Juma (StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo), Kabega Ronald (Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso), Ndawula Fred (Makerere Univ), Kabugo Ibrahim (Point Plus Association), Mulindwa Edward (St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende) Andama Kennedy (St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende), Semanda Richard (Futsal), Ssonko Charles (Nakivubo), Kawadwa Dauda (Pont Plus Association), Bagenayobo Innocent (FUFA Technical Centre), Katende David (NCS), Zirimenya Nicolas (NCS), Bainamani Bernard (UPL), Kirunda Mubarak (Jinja Municipal), Gordon Mundeyi (UPL), Ssewanyana Jamil (Mandela National Stadium, Namboole), Vivian Ttendo (Mandela National Stadium, Namboole), Wanume Abdul (Jinja Municipal), Ankunzine Frank (Western Region FA), Barugahara Abdu (Dove FC, Masindi), Mumbere John (Kavumba Recreation Ground), Bananura Benon, Brian Kasibante (Turfland Limited), Balenzi Fred (Grounds expert), Semujju Eugen (SEFOROZA), Osama John (Grounds expert), Kyomuhendo Flavia (Wankulukuku Stadium), Mutege Wycliff (Luzira Prison) Mpiima Samuel, Masiko John Bosco (UYFA)