The Federation of Uganda football Association president Moses Hashim Magogo says that going to Parliament is a value addition to the game of football in Uganda.
Magogo who recently sworn-in as the newly elected member of Parliament representing Budiope East made the remarks at Georgina Gardens during a party organised for him by his peers.
“I thank all of you for allowing me to serve the game of football and coming to Buyende when there was need. Said Magogo.
“In a special way I also want to thank the people I work with at FUFA who allowed me to come to Buyende because in that period nothing was going on well at the Federation, those people helped me a lot and for those who said Magogo has money no it was these people who gave assistance were due.”
With the FUFA Presidential elections just a few months way, it looks like Magogo will be coming back for a third stint.
On Juggling both the FUFA Presidency and Member of Parliament, he says the two roles add value to the game of football
“I want to assure you that my going to Parliament is value addition to the game of football in this country, don’t be intimidated by some people who say that being in Parliament is wrong.
“We have been looking for this opportunity for a very long time.”
Moses Magogo also added that the challenges of football have solutions in Parliament and they are not going to send them (challenges) to the floor but rather discuss them.
“The challenges of football today, the solutions are in Parliament. It is the challenges of infrastructures you all see we lack stadiums, funds and that’s where I understand and I believe the game of football will earn a lot.”
Magogo has been FUFA president for two terms now since taking over from Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa.
It is under his leadership that Uganda broke the 37-year jinx of not qualifying for the AFCON finals were Uganda has been participants for two consecutive tournaments.
They should have made it three-times lucky only to fail as the Cranes lost to Malawi a couple of months ago.
“When we came to office in 2013, the game of football was in a bad state, little money, few infrastructures but as of now everyone yearns to work at FUFA and it wasn’t about guesswork but team work.”
Magogo started his Parliamentary role on Monday, taking part in the voting-in of the new Speaker and his deputy.