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Hamza Junju – Exclusive Interview With Former Express CEO

Former Express FC CEO Hamza Junju. Courtesy photo

Per his résumé, Hamza Junju’s career objective is to become “the best club football chief Executive officer on the African continent.”

Following the mutual agreement to leave the role of Express CEO as announced on Friday, what next for Junju?

Will he continue chasing his big dreams at another club? Is he chasing an open vacancy at URA or Vipers?

The-SportsNation.com caught up with ‘the big dreamer,’ – who doubles as the Futsal Association Uganda chairman – and here is how the conversation unfolded.

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L-R: Hamza Junju, George Ssimwogerere and Kiryowa Kiwanuka during a Betway workshop. Courtesy

What has been your most challenging moment as Express CEO?

HJ – I am the kind that can handle tough times, though challenge has been adapting to different Coaches approach to work and abusive and disrespecting fans.

You have worked under former Express FC chairpersons Francis Ntalazi, Florence Nakiwala, Hassan Bulwadda and Kiryowa Kiwanuka. How do you rate each?
HJ – All have qualities of being leaders and personally I rate them highly especially their inner fight to achieve what they want. They are selfless and will push the limits.


How have you been able to balance being a CEO and other engagements like Futsal Chairmanship?
HJ – CEO job was full time job. As chairman Futsal we empowered people we work with so its been mostly through delegation. Though am a good at multitasking.

Express has struggled since recent past, what do you think is the main problem at the club?
HJ – Early 2010s the football club hit bottom lows and highlight seen in the relegation battle survival on last match-day of 2017/18 season when we finished 13th on the table. Though steps been put in place to rebuild, true its to take some time but compared to 2017/18, a lot planned and being worked upon to push club where it belongs.

What measures do you think Express should take to regain lost glory
HJ – Reactivating Share Holding Arm so that they play a role in redirecting Club. If possible align fans formerly within the club ownership structure

Will be you watching Express FC games?
HJ – Yes I will watch games especially within Kampala.

What next for you?
HJ – Personal Business and of course Futsal Work.

You allegedly fell out with coach Ssimwogerere, what truly happened?
HJ – Nop. I never fell out with him. It was unfortunate that results didnt come our way during his tenure as Head Coach and as football is all over the world a decision was made.

What is biggest regret as you walk out?
HJ – Not being able to see to it that shareholding arm aint yet active as i leave. Failure to stamp out illegal business people (especially fans) that use club brand for personal gains.

What can you single out as your biggest achievement at Express under your reign?
HJ – Plenty; Leading process for Club to repossess Kanyanya Land and soon it will be accomplished. Our Digital Presence launched and growing day by day. Launching Online Shop/business with Jumia as this will yield positives. Fans Arm revival work-plan in place. Formalised and stable remunerations to all staff. Stable Junior team with lots of potential future stars. Being able to account for all funds availed to me and being the first producing audited books of accounts for the club in almost 20 years.

Are you walking out a happy man?
HJ – Yes. Naturally I am a happy person who believes in my self and what I do.

Hamza Junju (left) and Express captain Dissan Galiwango at Supersport United. Courtesy

Junju Hamza At A Glance

Full names – Jjunju Hamzah.

Date of Birth – March 4th, 1984.

Education – Trinity Childrens Centre, Nakivubo Blue, Hawa Secondary School, Kibibi Secondary school, Kyambogo University (Bachelor of Arts with Education).

Certificates;

  • 2019 – IOC Advanced Diploma In Sports Management and Administration (UOC Kampala)
  • 2018- IOC Certificate In Sports Administration (UOC-Kampala)
  • 2016 – FUFA Certificate In Football Administration and Management (FUFA house Kampala)
  • 2014 – FIFA Certificate In Beach Soccer Coaching Level 1 Advanced (FUFA Fisheries Training Centre)
  • 2013- FIFA Certificate In Beach Soccer Coaching Level 1 (FUFA Fisheries Training Centre)
  • 2012 – CAF Certificate Introduction to Football Coaching (FUFA House Kampala)
  • 2010- German Embassy Certificate Counseling and Guidance (German Village Lubowa).

Career:

  • Chief Executive Officer (August 2016 to May 31st 2020), Express Football Club.
  • Chairman (January 2015 to date),Futsal Association Uganda.
  • Vice Chairman Technical (August 2012-December 2014) Uganda Beach Soccer Association.
  • Head Coach (August 2010-July 2012) Beach Soccer National Team-Sand Cranes.
  • Teacher – Economics , Geography and Sports Department Head (February 2008-July
    2018) Kabowa High School, St. Lawrence Schools –Maya, Makindye Secondary School.
  • Chairman (January 2018 to date) Education Committee Uganda Stadium Owners and Managers
    Association-USOMA.
  • Secretary (October 2019 to date) Association of Football CEOs Uganda.

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