Onduparaka FC Patron Bernard Atiku has lifted lid on why ‘boycotting clubs’ petitioned Minister of Education and Sports Madam Janat Kataha Museveni.
About nine UPL clubs, including Onduparaka FC, met privately and requested to meet Madam Janat.
When FUFA called for a consultative meeting with UPL and the clubs last week, Atiku and some of the club chairpersons did not attend.
However, on Thursday, it was a full house as the teams met FUFA at Mengo to discuss the proposed league reforms.
On why they agreed to attend this meeting, despite shunning the first, Atiku who also represents Ayivu County in Parliament, said:
“We agreed to attend after receiving the agenda in time and also sitting down as club owners to understand the issues there in for discussion and also to prepare a position that is agreeable by all the clubs.”
Atiku said that the presentation by UPL chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo brought out what the clubs had wanted to express previously.
“Having tried to communicate with FUFA and UPL and failed, we decided to petition the minister Janat Museveni, and today, having these issues presented correctly by our chairman, to us somehow settled the nerves.
“What has also come out clear is that the clubs have not been fighting FUFA or Magogo. We wanted to be heard, and the platform was not there. It was admitted that the communication challenges were there.”
He advised FUFA to “walk the talk” after he revealed that FUFA boss Moses Magogo also admitted that there were communication challenges.
He also stated that the UPL board members should appreciate that they are there to serve the clubs.
During the meeting, clubs asked FUFA to put on hold the proposed league reforms.
Club chairpersons also agreed to hold monthly meetings and FUFA as well agreed to revive the breakfast meetings.
Atiku stated: “I am very hopeful that our submission in regard to the reforms of the league that FUFA is proposing will give them an insight and guide them in the decision making process.
“We have come out with our position as clubs which is let’s stay the reforms because there are some strategic challenges that we need to address as a league and once those challenges are addressed am sure the league will bounce back lucrative and attractive to the sponsors.”