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98th FUFA Ordinary General Assembly successfully convened in Gulu City

The 98th FUFA Ordinary General Assembly was successfully held on Saturday at Acholi Inn, Gulu city in Northern region.

The Assembly had full representation from all the 34 Members that constitute FUFA with 80 of the 88 delegates attending.

FUFA President Hon Magogo Moses Hassim (3rd Left) poses for a photo with (L-R ) DCEO-Governance Sam Bakiika, Exco Member Ronnie Kalema, Hassan Kavuma, Andy Kaweesa (Buganda) and Stephen Kacuumu (Western Region FA Delegate) shortly after the Assembly
A section of the delegates attending the 98th FUFA Ordinary General Assembly. L-r Roberts Kiwanuka, Kabugo Mansoor (Uganda Youth Football Association), Owek. Florence Bagunywa Nkalubo, Margaret Kubingi (Uganda Women Football Association)

The Minister of State for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang was the Chief Guest and lauded FUFA for the commendable job in as far as developing football is concerned.

Minister of State for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang speaking during the Assembly.

“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to FUFA President Hon. Magogo Moses Hassim, the Executive and delegates for promoting and developing football in Uganda. We are sure that with more funding from government the game of football will even become better,” he stated.

Minister of State for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang

The local authority was heavily represented by Gulu City Mayor Alfred Okwonga and RDC
George Owanyi Akuman.

Group photo at the end of the Assembly

In a first of its kind, Federation Presidents from other sports disciplines were also invited to attend. These included Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi, Robert Jjagwe from Uganda Table Tennis Federation, Emmanuel Mwaka of Uganda Chess Federation, Uganda Rugby Union President, Godwin Kanyangwe and Nasser Sserunjogi from Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA).

UBF President Moses Muhangi and Emmanuel Mwaka from UCF share a light moment after the Assembly.
Godwin Kanyangwe from URU and Moses Muhangi of UBF upon arrival at Acholi Inn for the FUFA Assembly at the invitation of FUFA President

Jjagwe who spoke on behalf of the Federation heads indicated their attendance was a show of solidarity and an image of unity among the sports disciplines.

Muhangi who also got the chance to speak shared similar sentiments and stated boxing is not an enemy to football.

National Council of Sports General Secretary Dr. Patrick Bernard Ogwel who also attended the Assembly indicated FUFA has been successful because of being transparent in their proceedings and called for other sports federations to borrow a leaf.

“I want to commend FUFA for its strategic leadership. For a long time now, the Federation has not been at fault of misappropriation of funds. I see very many Federation Heads here and I hope you can borrow a leaf from FUFA in terms of transparency and capacity building.” He indicated.

In his address FUFA President highlighted a number of amendments made and also the new initiatives taken to make the game better.

Decisions taken by FUFA Executive Committee prior to the General Assembly

FUFA President also revealed that the Uganda U23 National Team (The Kobs) has been withdrawn from the AFCON U23 Qualifiers where Uganda is supposed to face Guinea next week.

He also revealed that FUFA starting the next financial year will increase funding towards Member Associations to a tune of 2.5 billion annually.

Member Associations also presented private suggestions that were deferred to the Executive Committee for further guidance.

For instance Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA) through their Chairman Roberts Kiwanuka asked FUFA to give them mandate to run youth competitions, the Uganda Football Coaches Association (UFCA) asked for a Technical Agenda symposium while Futsal Association Uganda (FAU) Hamza Jjunju sought for more intervention and prioritization of Futsal and Beach Soccer.

At the end of the Assembly it was confirmed that Western Region will host next year’s event with the exact host DFA to be named later.