Uganda Premier League team Bright Stars FC are awaiting FUFA Approval after requesting to change club’s name to Soltilo Bright Stars FC.
Club CEO Mathias Mugwanya, while appearing on Sanyuka TV on Tuesday, explained the reason behind the decision.
Bright Stars have already adopted the name Soltilo as seen on their official club pages, website, documents and merchandise.
We are still Bright Stars FC in the official books of FUFA and Uganda Premier League but as a club, we have already fulfilled and finalised the name change requirements and process.
“Soltilo is a big football school that is run by Keisuke Honda who is one of our partners at the club,” CEO Mugwanya said.
“So, we want to be called Bright Stars Solitilo because of the partnership we have.
“We have done everything on our side as a club and we are just waiting for final approval from the Federation (FUFA) which may come during this upcoming Licensing process.”
If this comes to pass, Bright Stars Soltilo FC will join a list of UPL clubs that have changed names including Vipers SC (Bunamwaya), Wakiso Giants (Kamuli Park), Tooro United (Soana), Busoga United (Kirinya Jinja SS) among others.
FUFA Rules On Club Name Change:
1) Change of club name shall be in accordance withFUFA regulations on club ownship.
2) A Club competing in any one of the FUFA Competitions as defined in Art 2(9) shall not be permitted to change its playing name (i.e. the name under which the Club competes in a Competition), as recorded in form F101 and Form F901, save with prior written permission of the FUFA Executive Committee.
3) Any application for a change of playing name must be received by the FUFA CEO before 1st April in any
calendar year in order for it to be considered for adoption in the following season. The FUFA Executive Committee will use its discretion in deciding whether to approve a change in a Club’s playing name.
4) Notwithstanding the provisions of Art 11(2) above, o change of name shall be permitted in situations of an acquisition or takeover that compromises the sporting integrity of football competitions.
Soltilo Bright Stars FC – The Evolution
The club was founded in 1997 as Bright Stars FC.
They have won the Kawempe Division two league (2010), Kawempe Division one league (2011), Kampala Regional league (2012) and FUFA Big League (2013) enroute to UPL.
They were beaten finalists in the 2019 Uganda Cup, falling to Proline FC in penalty shootouts in finals held in Masaka.
Keisuke Honda, a former Japan International, became one of the shareholders of Bright Stars FC when he visited Uganda in June 2017. In September 2017, through his company Soltilo Uganda Limited which is under Honda Estilo, the Partnership with Honda was confirmed.
SOLTILO comes from the Spanish words ‘Sol’ which means ‘Sun’ and ‘Estilo’ which means ‘Style’.
“The name comes from the hope that our students will be able to express themselves in their own unique way,” reads a statement on Soltilo company website.
Soltilo currently has over 60 schools with over 3000 students and is managed under 3 programs; Soltilo Familia Soccer School, Soltilo FC, and Global Soccer camps.
Did You Know?
In 2016, the club wanted to change the name to Kawempe Bright Stars FC because of it’s locality then.