The 22nd FUFA Executive Committee meeting was convened on Friday, March 13, 2020 and several key decisions were taken.
FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson, on Wednesday during the weekly press conference confirmed the salient decisions that were passed by the Executive charied by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
FUFA Annual General Assembly 2020
The Executive Committee confirmed that the FUFA Annual General Assembly for 2020 will be hosted by Kampala Region Football Association.
A date and venue will be agreed on by the FUFA Executive. FUFA’s Annual Assemblies are hosted on a rotational basis by the 8 FUFA Football Regions.
West Nile Region Football Association hosted the 2019 FUFA Assembly in Adjumani.
Kampala last hosted the FUFA AGM in 2012 at the Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Rubaga.
In a bid to have football developed at the grassroots level, the FUFA Executive Committee thought it wise to have FUFA Regulations on Licensing Football Academies ( FRFA) on that will be followed by all registered football academies in Uganda.
The FUFA Executive committee decided that there will be five key areas on which the grading of the academies will be made. This will be done in line with the Club Licensing standards.
The five key grading areas
Under Governance, academies will be required to clearly define ownership either by individuals or in terms of affiliation to different clubs (Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big Legaue or any other club) as provided by the FUFA structures. The parents’ forum will also abe a requirement as it is aimed at dentifying the parents/ guardians of the players in the football academies.
In this category, FUFA dictates that coaches working with football academies must have at least the minimum coaching standards.
Coaching levels in Uganda
1. FUFA Beginners
2. CAF D (Former FUFA Level I/ FUFA Level D)
3. CAF C
4. CAF B
5. CAF A
6. CAF Pro
Players in football academies must have agreements. This is aimed at having binding documents between players and academies.
In addition, all players in academies must have parents’/ guardians’ consent to be able to play.
Academies shall reveal other education programmes if any and must show affiliation to any club either locally or internationally.
Personnel and Administration
Football Academies will be required to present permanent location and offices.
Profiles and records of the academies must be available.
Football Academies will be required to present their financial records, budget lines and policies in regard to how they handle their finances.
For the academies that charge money from the players, the amounts must be made known.
Infrastructure and Equipment
Ownership of pitches either by purchase or hire must be presented by all football academies in Uganda.
Training kits and equipment used by the players must be of standard in regard to the different age categories.
The FUFA Executive Committee confirmed that Kitara region will host this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup and the FUFA Women’s Cup finals.
The 2020 FUFA Women’s Cup final will be played in Fort Portal, Kaborole district while the Stanbic Uganda Cup final will be staged in Masindi district. FUFA is yet to confirm the exact venues and announce the dates.
Kitara region therefore will suggest the venues that must be inspected and passed to host the aforementioned finals.
Change of name by Rukungiri United FC
Rukungiri United FC had written to FUFA asking to change their name to Boona FM but their request was rejected following failure to provide reasons to satisfy the FUFA Executive Committee.
Boona FM has been advised to continue supporting the team and football in the community where Rukungiri FC is registered from.
‘We thank Boona FM for supporting football in the region. The regulations for change of name by Rukungiri United FC were not satisfactory. However the Executive appreciates the work done by Boona FM’ said FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.
New FUFA Safety and Security regulations
In a bid to fight against the growing vice of violence and hooliganism at stadiums, FUFA thought it wise to find measures.
Recently, a three-day Safety and Security workshop was held at Mandela National Stadium with over 30 stewards passed out.
The FUFA Executive Committee thus has directed that each of the 16 clubs in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League must have a minimum of ten stewards working closely with the Uganda Police Force during matches.
Additionally, every club in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League must have a security officer that will coordinate security arrangements during games.
Professionalising the Leagues
FUFA CEO confirmed the Executive Committee discussed and deliberated new ideas to uplift professional leagues with ideas about the league structure, processes, promotions and matters about players.
FUFA will in the near future invite stakeholders to a forum in which they will discuss and deliberate on how to make the top flight competition obtain higher levels of professionalism.
There will be a debate on the current structure, nature of the competitions and how they can be improved upon to give a facelift on the state of football in Uganda.
The FUFA Standing Committees work for a period of two years and the Executive Committee made some changes with new members brought on board.
FUFA Executive Committee Member Roger Mulindwa was named the new chairman of the FUFA Licensing Committee.
He replaces Rogers Byamukama who has been serving in the same capacity.
KCCA FC Chairman, Martin Ssekajja was named as a new member of the aforementioned committee.
The other new members added on the various committees include;
FUFA Competitions Committee: Stephen Ssemutono
FUFA Legal Committee : Richard Barigye
FUFA Finance Committee: Willis Muwanguzi
FUFA Marketing and Communications Committee: Hassan Kavuma
FUFA Members Committee: Simon Peter Longor
FUFA Safety and Security Committee: Musa Lubanga
FUFA Football Development Committee: Innocent Oryem
FUFA International Matches Organisation Committee: Jamil Ssewanyana
FUFA Referees Standing Committee: John Bosco Masiko
FUFA Club Licensing Committee: Rogers Mulindwa – Chairman, Martin Ssekajja- Member