Uphill Task Awaits Sarah Babirye At Bankrupt Netball Federation

Newly elected Uganda Netball Federation President Sarah Babirye Kityo and her executive have their work cut out as they begin their tenure in office.

The former Central region Youth MP replaced Susan Anek as the Federation’s top boss but takes over a Federation with literally empty coffers.

It is reported she inherits a Federation that has less than Ugx100,000 on its account.

Babirye and her executive asked for a meeting with the National Council of Sports last week.

Dr Patrick Ogwel, the NCS general secretary, was quick to remind the new Uganda Netball Federation executive that NCS budget was cut and they are only spending with only prioritizing activities they fund in sports.

Babirye believes that is not much of an issue as he can use her political background to fetch funds for the netball federation.

“I have been a legislator for five years and seen where the sports budget is in so many organizations I can use such avenues to fetch some funds for netball,” says Babirye before adding that the netball federation has been dependent on government funding due to poor packaging.

“While still member of parliament, I even tried looking for outgoing regime to help them somewhere but they kept on tossing me and other members in parliament who were ready to help,” she added.

Babirye also looks at rebuild the National netball team She Cranes with a master plan of having under age teams functioning.

“We need to rebuild the national team for the future and we should start with under age national teams for them to have mileage in their hands so that by the time they get to the senior team they are ready. We are 7th in the country but I am telling you we have no future, “recounts Babirye.

This will be a bigger challenge by the fact that Uganda is among countries expected to be part of CommonWealth games in Birmingham next year and also U-21 team – She Pearls will take part in the World Youth Netball championship rescheduled for next year in Fiji.

With schools and other institutions of learning not taking sports as priority currently due to COVID19 pandemic team selection and preparation has become hard.

League still on hold due to COVID19 challenged by inadequate funds to have clubs test their players par game day, Sarah Babirye says she is meeting stakeholders to pave way for resumption since last season wasn’t played.

Another challenge is, the outgoing president is only willing to hand over office keys in August. Suzan Anek says that, during the assembly held at hockey grounds early this year they discussed federation elections and not handover and therefore she is the only one who knows when to hand over the office.

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