Proline Soccer Academy managing director Mujib Kasule has revealed his discontent after his academy was left out by FUFA for the upcoming FIFA project.
Earlier this month, FUFA identified 13 teams that will be used for the FIFA analysis of football ecosystem for talent development in Uganda.
The programme by FIFA aims to drive sustainable talent development among all member associations in the world.
Mujib says that his academy has produced talent for his senior team Proline FC, national team and the league at large and that FUFA was wrong to leave them out.
“FUFA said that their criteria was based on producing the most players that have represented Uganda on the national team, but on checking the list, Proline was overlooked yet we have produced the most players on the National team and Premier League,” Kasule told David Kalyango in an interview. “There is no debate about this and its a fact.”
Jiba, as commonly known in the football circles, indirectly said that the decision was made on political grounds. He has been a big critic of the current FUFA regime and also showed his intent to run for FUFA president.
“We were not surprised, FUFA sees us in a different image but that will not stop us from doing what we do best, and we will continue producing players for FUFA and the league.
He added that no academy in Uganda brings out the best definition of what an academy is like Proline Soccer Academy.
“An Academy is a youthful set up structure attached or affiliated to a club.
“That structure must not be of one age category and it shouldn’t be set up today because you have a game to play on Saturday.”
The director, whose Proline FC team was relegated to the second tier (Big League) after FUFA ended the league due to Covid19 pandemic, wished the chosen academies well.
“We wish the best for the chosen academies and I think they will benefit a lot on how to do their job. Many academies are doing a good job but need to be enlightened on a lot of things.”
He highlighted that Poline FC captain Noordin Bunjo joined Proline Soccer Academy when he was seven years while Bright Anukani who has played for the national team was eight years, just like Richard Ajuna and Pius Obuya
On why he didn’t make a formal complaint, Jiba added:
“We had to let it pass, people always get tired of complaints. We know the reason behind but I can assure that it was not technical, everyone knows what Proline soccer academy does.
“Our set up is the best in the region. We are affiliated to many clubs outside Uganda because they appreciate what we do.”
Some of the players that have passed through Proline set up:
Lukwago Charles, Keni Saidi, Kakuba Alex, Bukenya Ivan, Savio Kabugo, Mukisa Yusuf, Bright Anukani, Sula Matovu, Patrick Edema, Lubega Edris, Bayo Fahad, Luwaga kizito, Wadri William, Katongole, Feni Ali, Okiror Joshua, Mugume Ashraf, Obuya Pius, Mbaziira Simon, Luyima Johnson, Wurube Robert.