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UPL Clubs Reveal Grievances During Breakfast Meeting With FUFA

Uganda Premier League clubs aired out their complaints to FUFA and UPL representatives during a breakfast meeting this Tuesday morning (10/08/2021) at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The meeting was attended by FUFA President Moses Magogo, FUFA officials, members of the UPL secretariat, UPL clubs chairmen and representatives and of course the media who were only allowed to attend the first session.

Fourteen clubs, including the two newly promoted ones (Tooro United and Arua Hill) were also presented at the function.

The only absentee from the workshop was Mbarara City who abstained from sending a representative for reasons best known to them.

Vipers CEO Sam Njuba. FUFA photo

The major complaint from the majority of these clubs was the quality of officiating in the league and thus implored FUFA to do better with their referees in terms of both training and remuneration.

The clubs also asked the Federation to do something about player agents who have made it a habit to lure players into deals without the club’s knowledge or disguising the player’s current contracts.

This was the third meeting between FUFA and UPL Clubs chairpersons – The first two were held in August 2020 and February 2021 in that order.

FUFA President Moses Magogo (right) and UPL chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo

Magogo who chaired the meeting, while giving his opening remarks asked the clubs to liaise with football stakeholders.

“Football has both the internal and external stakeholders. We have the responsibility to create and think for the football product. We need good relationships with Government, Media, Sponsors, Fans,” he stated.

He further urged the clubs to have active fans registered and asked them to consider joint media events so as to enjoy an equal media space.

Arua Hill chairman Joel Aita. FUFA photo

He would go ahead to hint at the fact that FUFA was devising plans to set up a Sports Business Forum for the league clubs that will help in generating revenue.

About the topic of refereeing, Magogo had this to say:

“Even with VAR, poor decisions have been made. There are many human errors that will be made, just like your player kicks the ball over the bar or your coach makes a wrong substitution. There will always be bad performances from the referee whether intentional or mistake. We just have to be corporate and find a solution. We have the monsters of betting as well and we need to criminalise the match fixing law.”

Wakiso Giants representatives – Chairman Hassan Lule and Musa Atagenda (introduced himself as club patron). FUFA photo

The teams were also told to embrace the new technology trends like sporting data, video analysis etc.

He would further tell clubs to look for ways through which the league could be played simultaneously with the National team engagements.

He climaxed his submissions by talking about the Covid19 relief and highlighting to clubs that there was no promise from anyone about sharing the second batch of vaccines with clubs as the word has been. Clubs were to be more assertive in securing these vaccines according to him.

Police FC Chairman AIGP Asan Kasingye

Police FC chairman and AIGP Asan Kasingye had a lot to say to the media after the meeting which included some of these highlights:

“The meeting has helped us establish where we stand as clubs. We have talked at length about management of our clubs, the situation of Covid19 and many others. I think we need these meetings to be conducted monthly, even an hour will be sufficient enough to help us develop the league.”

Onduparaka CEO Edson Sabasaba

Clubs and Representatives – Ssuubi Kiwanuka (Express), Simon Njuba (Vipers), Martin Ssekajja (KCCA), Henry Mayeku (URA), Shawn Mubiru (SC Villa), Ashraf Miiro (UPDF), Mathias Mugwanya (Bright Stars), Asan Kasingye (Police), Ahmed Kongola (BUL), Hassan Mugerwa (Busoga United), Edison Sabasaba (Onduparaka), Hassan Lule (Wakiso Giants), Musa Ssebulime (Wakiso Giants), Joel Aita (Arua Hill), Michael Kyandera (Tooro United).

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