Uganda Premier League clubs are happy that they got an opportunity to hear from the CAF officials about the Club Licensing exercise.
On Wednesday afternoon, six CAF Licensing Instructors held a four meeting with CEOs, Owners and the leadership of the 16 clubs playing in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
The Uganda Premier League was also represented by board members Humphrey Mandu and Fred ‘Guy’ Kawuma. Rogers Byamukama (FUFA Club Licensing Committee Chairman) and Ivan Kintu Bayige (FUFA Club Licensing Manager) were also in attendance.
Earlier in the day, the CAF Club Licensing Manager Ahmed Harraz and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson had held a press conference where they addressed the local media on the exercise at the same hotel.
‘FUFA requested CAF for this opportunity to meet the people who run the game at the top level in club football. Hearing from CAF officials would give them another view about club licensing. It will make magic for us when we continue with implementation of the exercise’ noted FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.
Harraz addresses sports media
Harraz told the media that big dreams have happened in African football and at a global stage as a result of club licensing.
‘Iceland decided to take on the exercise and implement the guidelines through UEFA that resulted into a good performance at the Euros and the FIFA World Cup’ noted Harraz.
‘Uganda is very privileged especially the Clubs that have embraced the Club licensing process because the results are visible with National team’s performance following back to back qualification to the AFCON Finals (2017 and 2019). KCCA FC taking part in the group stages of CAF Champions League alos shows big strides of club licensing in Uganda’ added Harraz.
The club officials were given an opportunity to ask questions which were ably answered by the other five CAF Instructors Middleby Robert David (Australia), Sidat Muhammad Feizal (Mozambique), Dasoberi Emmanuel Newton (Ghana), Bosilong Kabelo Keorapetse Hubert (South Africa) and Salihu Abubakar(Nigeria)
Participants speak out
Uganda Premier League CEO Bernard Bainamani
‘We are overwhelmed with the knowledge shared CAF. It is going to be up to us to implement the requirements during the next season of the Uganda Premier League because it is what will benefit the game of football in Uganda’
URA FC Chairman James Kizza.
‘It has always been difficult for us to implement the Club Licensing thinking it was a forceful project from FUFA on to clubs but now with the CAF meeting we know the task ahead of us as club owners’
KCCA FC CEO Anisha Muhoozi
‘We have been in CAF Champions League and we know the requirements. CAF coming here is a great impact to help us work together to develop football in the Country and now we are going in the CAF Champions League, we shall try to implement all requirements’
Tooro United FC Chairman- Peter Emojong
‘I thought that I knew it all. The meeting has given me an opportunity to know more about the exercise. I know there will definitely be change with how the exercise will span out during the off season’ Emojong also passed a vote thanks on behalf of the clubs.
Uganda is ranked among the best countries in Africa in implementing the basics of Club Licensing and the development of football is visible with the results of the National team and club performance on the continent.
The CAF Club Licensing regional workshop will resume tomorrow with another group of 26 participants from 13 countries taking part till Friday. The participants for the remaining two days are from Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
MAIN PHOTO: URA FC Chairman James Kizza. UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani and Tooro United FC Chairman Peter Emojong during the meeting