Andy Mwesigwa. Monitor photo
Former Uganda Cranes Captain Andy Mwesigwa has rubbished FUFA’s proposal of reducing the top flight league teams to 12 in 2021/22 season.
Mwesigwa who also played for SC Villa locally between 2002 and 2005, says that the proposed move “doesn’t make sense” and FUFA is not being considerate.
Last month, via their official website, FUFA revealed the reforms and said that the move is intended to further professionalise the game as the country bids to become the number one footballing nation on the continent.
Mwesigwa, just like current Cranes captain Denis Onyango, FUFA should instead increase on the teams.
“Its being selfish,” Mwesigwa told The-SportsNation in an exclusive interview.
“It’s going to create unemployment. We have many players and some may end up quitting the game prematurely because according to my understanding it’s only in the UPL where there is some money, the rest of the levels down its like playing for fun.
“So if we limit clubs in the top division, then it will mean a lot of players shall starve and get wasted in the lower divisions of which some may be very good players but get frustrated and hence losing them to other jobs where they may get some good pay than playing ‘free football’ in lower division.”
The proposals have received generally negative views from the public but the Federation looks determined to maintain it’s stance.
The FA has asked the public, including stakeholders, to send their suggestions to a portal – email@example.com
The current top flight league has 16 clubs; six clubs (instead of three) will be relegated in 2020/21 season and only two (instead of three) will be promoted from Big league, to total 12 teams for the 2021/22 season.
Also, a new U20 reserve league has been proposed, with each team in UPL shall be compelled to have one.
FUFA Big league will have 16 teams instead of 18 in 2021/22, per the proposal from the football ruling body in the country.
The three leagues – UPL, Big League and U20 reserve league – will be under the Proffessional league board.
“Instead of reducing teams, they would instead increase them because it will give us a broad area of developing and identifying good players than having only limited teams,” Mwesigwa added.
“To be honest with Ugandans and the football industry, it’s very hard for a player from lower division locally here to fit in the national team, very very hard, so in order to keep our level and may be push it higher, we should have as many teams as possible in the top division.”
Mwesigwa also stressed that if they insist on reducing the teams, he is ready to sensitize whoever forwards the idea.
Mwesigwa retired from Football officially on January 23, 2018 and remains one of Uganda’s greatest football exports.
He joined the national team in 2003 and played 78 games, scoring eight goals in the Cranes jersey.
He has played in many leagues across the world that include Iceland (IBV Vestmanaeyjaer), Kazakhstan (Ordabasy) and Vietnam (Saigon FC) among others.
Mwesigwa also established an education and sports school in Wakiso.