Ben Misagga has wished his long time nemesis and FUFA Boss Moses Magogo “the best” in his political venture.
Magogo picked NRM nominations last week as he pursues a seat in Parliament for the Budiope East constituency.
Misagga says that he will not fight Magogo this time round because his move to politics will be a blessing in disguise for Sports.
He highlighted Magogo’s ability in lobbying which he says may be beneficial for the Sports sector.
“Aside from the football intrigue, I look at Magogo’s venture into politics as a blessing for the game. I say again from my experience of dealing with him. Magogo is a master at lobbying. He will kneel down without being prompted if it means to get your attention,” Misagga wrote in his blog.
“So, with those excellent lobbying skills, I am in no doubt Magogo can become a voice for sports, and in particular football, when he joins parliament.
“Put aside the corruption scandals that have marred his seven-year tenure as Fufa boss, Magogo can ably influence other MPs to give sports a bigger budget and focus because sports few things sell Uganda’s international image like sport.”
He added: “I wish him nothing but victory and I take this opportunity to reach out to the sports fraternity to support him.”
Magogo is expected to face incumbent Geoffrey Dhamuzungu in Budiope.
However, it is not yet known whether Magogo will relinquish his seat as FUFA Boss.
“I expect Magogo to step aside from FUFA when he joins parliament. This is premised on the simple logic that there are many able football leaders to take the game to higher level” Misagga stated.
“Besides, after 15 years in top football administration, time has come for Magogo to play a different role as football statesman.
“Meanwhile, much as I know he strives to represent the people of Budiope East, he has built his foundation on sports. Therefore, it would be a conflict of interest to advocate for sports interests in parliament when he is actually holding the top football office.”
Misagga, president of Ntamityobora FC and formerly held the same position at Villa, said that Magogo should resign from FUFA just like his predecessor Dr Lawrence Mulindwa did.