FUFA President’s End Of Year Message

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The FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo addressed the media on Wednesday, 28th December 2016 at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Flanked by the FUFA Finance Director, Decolas Kiiza, Communications Director (Ahmed Hussein), Chairman FUFA Referees standing committee, Chris Kalibala, FUFA Competitions Director Ali Mwebe, National teams’ officer (Patrick Ntege), 1978 Uganda Cranes legendary goalkeeper Paul Ssali and other FUFA Staff members, Eng. Magogo’s speech was decimated by appreciation, achievements of 2016, projections for the years ahead as well as the stumbling blocks faced therein.

With a keen emphasis, the FUFA President hinted on the 9 priority areas  that the federation has streamlined for the next five years.

The nine areas are; Strategic plan (2017-2022), Consolidate whatever we have achieved, Project Cameroon 2019 is a reality, Infrastructure (Civil projects at Lugazi and Kadiba), Being part of advocacy for new sports law, working for stake holders confidence, Regional football development, clubs’ pro agenda, Elections for FUFA elective positions in 2017.

www.fufa.co.ug outlines the detailed speech (word by word).

Dear Fellow Countrymen, the citizens of the nation of football and sports in Uganda, ladies and gentlemen, kindly receive my End of Year Message as the President of FUFA.

I must state that if 2015 was a golden year for Ugandan Football, 2016 has been diamond.

Message of Appreciation

I thank the Almighty Allah for the gift of life, wisdom, health, strength, and luck that He has bestowed onto me and my administration.

I also take the opportunity to thank HE The President of the Republic of Uganda Rtd Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the Support he has given whenever approached. I equally thank the Minister of Education & Sports, Mama Janet Museveni and the entire government functionality for the environment and support.

I thank my family for enduring my absence for long hours, bad moods caused by football and for comforting me whenever the going gets tough.

The support we have received from the FIFA President, Mr Infantino Gianni and the entire functionality at FIFA and also from the CAF President, Mr. Issa Hayatou and the entire functionality at CAF has been immense. The support, interaction and experience sharing from Presidents of Football Federation in Africa and the World has been equally important to our success story.

I thank my Executive Committee with whom we have come this far but also the Honourable FUFA Delegates, staff at FUFA, National team Players and Staff, the Committees, Referees, coaches, Clubs, and members of FUFA without whom we could not register any success.

I thank Airtel the Official Sponsors of the Uganda Cranes and Nile Breweries, NIC, BIDCO, Eco Bank, Azam and other Clubs and football corporate Sponsors who have provided money for the game of football.

I also thank Mr. Lawrence Mulindwa for scouting, nurturing and giving me an opportunity and support to exploit my God-given gifts by serving the game I love.

I have loved the critics who have pushed me to think and work harder. The positive and critical media have been very important to the achievements.

The people who spend to finance football from their personal income from the lowest to the highest level and the persons who have sacrificed their time to volunteer as coaches, players, referees and administrators again from the lowest to the highest level.

Lastly but not the least, particularly the fans of the Uganda Cranes and generally all football fans who have paid to support the National Teams and Clubs football. You guys have been immense in the thick and thin.

Achievements:

There has been a series of achievement in the year 2016 but this is the start of reaping what we have been sowing since August 2013.

  • Administration & Planning:

We recruited 3 more staff in 2016 thus;

  1. Deputy FUFA CEO; basically to support the widening functions of the CEO
  1. FUFA Youth Officer; To Majorly handle the FUFA Youth Project that has the element of U17 FUFA Juniors League for the Azam Uganda Premier League Clubs
  1. FUFA Media Content Officer; To capture and produce digital media content in form of Audio, Pictorial and Video material of FUFA Events and Programmes

This brings the FUFA Fulltime Contracted Staff to 28. We have been able to update the arrears of PAYE and NSSF over the years for the staff.

We organised the successfully the 92nd FUFA General Assembly in Luwero to a distinction. The FUFA Executive Committee Meetings have been held as required by the statutes and many other strategic meetings and events have equally been successfully organised.

The Uganda Cranes Bus that was involved in an Accident at the end of 2015 was repaired and brought back to service. There has been a 3-phase Power Generator installed at Njeru Technical Centre.

  • We have refurbished FUFA House and created more office space.
  • We have now comprehensively insured FUFA House, FUFA Technical Centre and the Uganda Cranes Bus.
  • We have now updated our ground rates that were in arrears over many years for FUFA House and Njeru Technical Centre.

In finance and Banking, we have increased our budget to now 14 Billion UGX for the 2017 Financial Year and have signed EcoBank as the official Bankers who are now offering lots of banking services to avoid short term and high interest risk credit facilities.

  • Governance

As we speak, FUFA has submitted whatever is required to NCS for recognition as the Association mandated to regulate and manage the sport of football. We hope this concludes this matter until the New Law is Formulated.

We have also been able to defend FUFA and its officials from various legal attacks and all forms of litigation. I must congratulate our lawyers on this sustained defense campaign

A number of regulations have been enacted and statutes modified. We now have a minimum of 4 women in the FUFA Assembly for the first time.

We created the Match Organisation Committee to deal with match results manipulation and violence at matches. FUFA appointed Muzafaru Zirabamuzale who has been trained by FIFA and has now been appointed by FIFA conduct the training in the region with the latest being in Djibouti.

We have formulated the FUFA Judicial bodies in the FUFA Disciplinary, Ethics and Integrity Committees with both Adjudication and Investigatory Chambers. A number of cases have been competently handled and concluded by these bodies.

FUFA presented its audited books of accounts for the year ending 31st December 2015 to the internal stakeholders on 22nd October 2016 in Luwero and got the final approval. These books of accounts have been shared with Government (NCS) and FIFA that has issued the greenlight that qualifies FUFA for the funding of 2017 cycle.

  • Competitions

FUFA now categorizes football Competitions as Elite (Professional) and Mass (Amateur).

  1. Professional Competitions comprise of the 1st (AUPL) and 2nd Division (FBL) Leagues for Men and the FUFA Women Elite League for Women.

Story source: http://www.fufa.co.ug/

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