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Magogo lauds Government during end of year address

Magogo (second right) addressing the nation on Thursday (Photos by FUFA Media)

MENGO – The Government of Uganda led by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been appreciated by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the continued support towards football development.

This was one of the key highlights pointed out by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during his end of year message delivered on 27th December 2018 at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Flanked by the 2nd FUFA Vice President Darius Mugoye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edgar Watson and FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, the briefing was also attended by Decolas Kiiza (Finance Director), former FUFA General Secretary and current CAF CHAN organizing committee member Harunah Mawanda, Executive Committee members, Delegates and other FUFA Staff.

“I thank the Almighty God for the gift of life. I thank my own family and friends in and out of football, the FUFA General Assembly, All stakeholders-internal and external. I thank the sponsors Airtel of FUFA and Uganda Cranes, and partners Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO, Ecobank, BetLion, StarTimes, Pilsner and Stanbic Bank. I thank everybody who has made a contribution. The year 2018 has been a success story largely for FUFA. There have been great strides made with a couple of outstanding achievements.We are writing our own story. Advocacy to pull everyone, make the FUFA Institution better. The activities have multiplied over. We have improved on the resources from FIFA, CAF and sponsors.  We have strategy to improve relationships with various stakeholders – cultural leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, celebrities. We have undertaken the football activities by creating competitions as there is institutional and Industry order now. The image of FUFA is better with a big out-reach and there is confidence from stakeholders. I call upon everyone to join in developing the game of football. It is time for everyone to make a contribution. Players, club officials, the media and all other stakeholders. Let us make contributions towards football development. SaidEng. Moses Magogo

2018 Highlights

-Government put in place a budget line up to a tune of Shs 10 billion for the Uganda Cranes. Part of this money has been used to run and fund other National teams and FUFA Programmes. Previously 70% of FUFA Budget income was spent on Uganda Cranes.

-Qualification for Uganda Cranes to the Total AFCON 2019 Finals tournament with one game left, no goal conceded and remains top of the group.

The Cranes qualified for the 2019 AFCON

-Uganda Cranes back to back AFCON qualification. Whereas the qualification may not necessarily be the benchmark as a performance indicator, but making qualification a habit should be priority. There is need to demystify qualification.

-Uganda U-17 qualifying for AFCON U-17 finals in Tanzania come 2019.

The Cubs celebrating their triumph in Tanzania that saw them qualify for the 2019 U17 AFCON

-Being awarded to host the AFCON Beach soccer 2020 Finals. To be recognized among the big boys on the continent, a country also has to show ability to host big football tournaments. There is need to develop infrastructure.

-Uganda Cranes and Dennis Onyango have been nominated for the CAF Awards. Onyango on list of best African Player of the Year while Uganda Cranes nominated on the team of the year.

-Infrastructure journey- there has been etension of the FUFA offices in Mengo.  Acquisition of land in Rubaga to construct a modern training centre at Kadiba and the FUFA Stadium in Lugazi.

-Uganda Clubs on the continent. KCCA FC played in the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time and playing with the biggest clubs on the continent gives them added experience.

-Rise of sponsorship monies- Over 20 corporate companies sponsoring FUFA and football industry.

-Award to FUFA from the National Council of Sports in recognition as one of the best performing sports federations in the country.

Challenges:-

-People thinking about the game in an amateur setting. Football of volunteers, well-wishers and donations is football of yesterday. Football of today is packaged and sold to the masses.

-Losing to South Sudan in the CAF U-23 qualifiers. We shall keep engaging youth teams in various CAF Tournaments.

The Kobs lost to Sudan in the U23 qualifiers

Focus ahead of 2019 (All rotating around the 8 Key focus areas)

Governance:

-Improve judicial system with qualified to ensure statures for the good of the game of football.

-Match results integrity. Washing away pre-determination of results – Resist, Report and Recognise. With strong national laws.

-Contribution to the national sports law.

-Installed a new unit at FUFA – Compliance and internal audit worth USD 25,000.

Football Development:

-Education of the people involved in football. Human Resource, coaches, referees, media.

-Beach Soccer and Futsal development

-Technical Statistics

-Sports Science and Technology development

Equipment and Infrastructural Development – Construction works continue at Kadiba and Lugazi facilities, Construction starts on FUFA Beach soccer centre, recruiting CEOs in the 8 regions

National Teams:

-Recruited Paul Mukatabala as new National teams’ Officer to work under Patrick Ntege-National Teams’ Manager

-6 National teams will be engaged in International competitions starting with the National U-17 team that will be entered to take part in the CECAFA U-20 tournament in Uganda

Competitions:

-New competition in Primary schools in every district. This is another catchment area to tap talents.

-Undertake licencing local player agents.

-Create electronic document center at FUFA.

-Designing a youth strategy that will help us registered all football academies

Marketing and Communications:

-Continue to improve the brand and image of FUFA

-Improve the sales function at FUFA to bring in more revenues

-Improve on digital numbers and listenership of 102.1 FUFA f.m

Finance and Administration:

-Installed a new accounting software.

-Budget discipline to work within the available resources

-Improvement on FUFA Estates.  FUFA recruited Edward Kalungi as the Estates and Properties Manager

-Recruitment of General Secretaries of the 8 football regions who will be employees of FUFA.

Meanwhile, the media were also accorded a special moment where they shared their views about the FUFA President’s End of Year message as well as posed questions for clarity.

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