Express FC Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka. Courtesy
Former Express FC Chief Executive Ram Abubakar Muhammad Hadji has blamed club woes on Ownership Structures.
Ram Hadji, as simply known in the sports circles, has questioned the interest of Express FC owners in running the club.
Express is one of the most successful clubs in Ugandan football having won six league and ten Uganda cup titles, but are yet to taste silverware since the 2011/12 season.
The side is one of the oldest clubs having been formed in October 1957 courtesy of Jolly Joe Kiwanuka.
Currently, the club is led by Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka (KK) who is the grandson of the club’s founder.
“It’s simply ownership structures that have failed the Express,” Ram Hadji told this website. “Then able management.”
“It’s too much weight for a club to be on the shoulders of one man’s wallet considering that all clubs in Uganda are operating on a loss.
“This time if KK quits Express, it will be a major blow because he has spent over Sh300M on that club, how does he recoup his money??
“He has lots of guys on this executive, how many are willing to invest?? None other than him. Eventually he will quit. It’s just a matter of time.”
When he took over the club, KK announced new Board Members to serve under his Chairmanship that include Samuel Sejjaaka, Francis Buwule, Alex Munobe, Moses Banturaki, Robert Aloro, Aidan Kateregga and Ssuubi Kiwanuka (Board Secretary).
According to the classified documents seen by this website, Express FC shareholders include Vincent Bbale Mugera, Godfrey Kirumira, Samuel Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Francis Kabone Buwule, Jackson Mande Mugalu, Robert Ssenabulya Sawa, Henry Ssenoga, Margaret Nampiima Kiwanuka all holding one share each.
“Are they interested in running the club? It feels like they are only doing it for the legacy of their grandfather, it feels like they would rather not be bothered,” added Ram Hadji.
Ram adds that Express FC should be treated as a limited by liability business other than a family-run business.
He stated that the team needs to float it’s shares and have a capital base, then hire professional executives to run it as a business.
Since recent past, Express FC has had changes in managerial departments and the club has consequently failed to retain their squad.
The fans have constantly voiced their concerns over the club’s decline on a number of occasions and showed their frustration with the way decisions are being made.
“The problem is not changing the coaching staff,” Ram adds. “It’s lack of club philosophy and that needs to be implemented by the technical director, right from academy level to the senior team. No recruitment policy, Zero.
“All clubs know which players they must add in the next season to strengthen, but express it’s always an exodus of players.”
Ram Hadji is a revered sports management consultant. Formerly served as the CEO of Express FC, effecting sweeping changes in the branding the club, setting up a functioning Secretariat and driving sporting success on the pitch.
He is the founder of Equator Sports Group and also serves on the executive board of the Africa Sports Council.
Other former Express FC CEOs include Hamza Junju, Muzafaru Ssebagala, Sulaiman Walugembe Juuko and Ivan Kintu Bayige (Club Pro Agenda) among others.