Early in March, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) started a consultation process on reducing the Uganda Premier League teams from 16 to 12 in the 2021/2022 season.
The football fraternity has had different opinions on the proposed process. The majority believe it will not elevate the game of football in Uganda while others think other factors should be considered like improving facilities, getting sponsors and also goodwill from the government in terms of intervention.
The current FUFA Vice President Justus Mugisha while appearing on Urban TV, the GameOnX show was not surprised with the reactions from the public.
“I actually expected people, stakeholders and well-wishers to react this way because they always expect you to do things in a certain way that pleases them”, he said.
FUFA should think of increasing the numbers of the Uganda Premier League clubs instead of reducing them to give a competitive space for the already existing clubs at the grass-root, in the countryside, which many agree with. However, Justus Mugisha challenged the public to be patient with the federation and trust the process.
FUFA President Justus Mugisha believes the proposed reforms will make the Uganda Premier League better
On the same note, Justus Mugisha hinted on the just concluded Clubs Pro Agenda Programme;
“The FUFA Clubs Pro Agenda will help clubs to re-engineer their sporting and business process through short, medium and long term plans and am glad clubs have come on board and cooperated really well”, explained the Vice president.
FUFA’s new work plan will continue emphasising on developing youth football and women football from the grassroots level something they have done well in the past years.
Going forward, FUFA will also prioritise the concept of online learning as a way of equipping different clubs, administrators, stakeholders and coaches with a wide scope of knowledge.
However, it remains questionable whether the football fraternity willing be to embrace the new changes FUFA is trying to implement.
Author: Hope Mugisha
Hope Mugisha is a determined sports analyst with the love for adventure, writing and travel. She is also a leading talk show sports analyst for Urban TV and Sanyu FM respectively.