The future of Ugandan football is in the right hands if we are to go with the new strategies that Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) have come up with.
FUFA on Wednesday morning, have launched a new football tournament – FUFA Primary Schools Championship Odilo.
As the name goes, the competition is for the Primary level schools who will be competing at the district level before joining regions and nationals.
“We want to become the number one federation in Africa,” started FUFA president Moses Magogo who was speaking during the launch held at FUFA house in Mengo.
“We have reorganized ourselves in a bid to be able to beat the best. We have noticed with great concern that most of the best players have been developed from the age of ten, the is no shortcut to beat development.
We have now come up with a plan on the way we approach the youth development, and hence this championship is a good start.”
Magogo explained that the best football African countries have many players in Europe, and most of these European clubs normally buy players as early as the age of 17 or less, and this tournament will help to ease the process.
“May be we have not been picking the best players to represent us at Junior level, so, this is the right route we are going to be following.”
About 400 primary schools from the 72 districts are said to have registered already for a tournament which is beginning as early as June 5, 2019.
It was explained that the district champion will be allowed to get players from the beaten schools to compete at regional level, and this can be the same for the regional champion during the Nationals which will be held at Njeru Technical centre.
Then, a team of under 13 players will be selected and monitored by FUFA in terms of their progress.
The federation has gone on to put a committee which will be led by Justus Mugisha, Darius Mugoya, JB Masiko, Farouk Kigongo, Sekabira Abdul plus an official from Ministry of Education who will be later revealed.
“I have a lot of satisfaction in what we are doing today,” said Aggrey David Kibenga from Ministry of Education and Sports. “This was long overdue. There is much more we should get from schools than grades which everyone is obsessed with. This is great product and I commend FUFA for the great Vision they have for the country.”