By Emmanuel Amooti
Incumbent Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president, Eng Moses Magogo, declared intentions to contest again as head of the football governing body in Uganda.
The elections are slated for August 31, 2021 during the federation’s Annual General Assembly.
Magogo revealed this during the quarterly FUFA media engagement held at Jevine Hotel in Rubaga, Kampala on April 6, 2021.
Having assumed power in 2013, the incumbent president believes he has the experience and ideas to take the federation to another level given the added benefit of being a Member of Parliament – MP (Budiope East).
“Going to Parliament helps football because there are certain things that we can only get in parliament,” Magogo said.
He said football should be safeguarded amidst the political tensions, and promised a free and fair election process.
He also emphasised that the existing procedures will be followed to make sure the process is smooth and devoid of blemish, right from the district to national level.
Under the reign of Magogo, FUFA has registered developments in different areas. These include; governance, football development, equipment and infrastructure, national and representative teams.
Other achievements include competitions, marketing and communications, finance and administration plus membership.
Another contender for the FUFA top seat is MP Makindye West, Allan Ssewanyana.
Ssewanyana, who also attempted to contest for the same position in 2017 but never went through, has bounced back saying that by all means, he must appear on the ballot paper come August.
Ssewanyana petitioned FIFA (Federation of International Football Association) in May 2017 about Magogo’s illegal resale of 2014 World Cup tickets, and investigations were opened against him on July 23, 2018.
Magogo entered a plea bargain under Article 67 of the FIFA ethics statutes. He pleaded guilty and entered a deal with FIFA for the purposes of obtaining a lenient sentence.
Ssewanyana contends that Magogo should step down at the end of his term since he is still under investigation for violating a ban imposed on him by FIFA.
Lastly is the FUFA big league team, Proline Football Academy director and CAF (Confederation of African Football) coach instructor, Mujib Kasule, who officially announced to contest for the same seat while briefing the media on April 13,2021 at Macknon Suits, Bugolobi, Kampala.
Mujib who also attempted to contest against Magogo in 2017, and failed due to frustrations in the system, this time round said that he is coming back to revive the football body.
“I stand to announce that I am going to lead the struggle of rejuvenating our game. I am going to stand for FUFA presidency in these elections,” Mujib said.
He said that once he takes over, he will put much emphasis on the national league where each club in Uganda Premier League will start every season with Shs 100m on their accounts and then Shs 200m of free interest rate loan, to which they will pay back in installments in the third season from receiving.
In doing this, Mujib believes clubs regain back their fans who will help them make money both at gate collection and sponsors.
On the FUFA Big League, he is proposing to increase money from Shs 200m they get to Shs 700m. He also pledges to find a sponsor for the Big League to supplement FUFA.
He promises a Big League board that controls FUFA operations.