FORMER FIFA referee Charles Masembe was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of football governing body FUFA yesterday.
FUFA media committee chairman Rogers Mulindwa, who announced Masembeâ€™s appointment, said he will begin work on February 10 under a five-year contract.
â€œMasembe was the most suitable candidate, he will be on probation for two years,â€ Mulindwa said.
Masembe, who has held various positions in football, was until his new role an administrative secretary at NCS.
â€œI am happy to be part of the process to streamline football in this country, itâ€™s a big challenge,â€ Masembe (left) said.
â€œRunning football is teamwork, so I will regularly consult various stakeholders.â€
Masembe, 53, taking over duties of a secretary under the old FUFA administrative structure, will be in charge of operations of the federation.
The CEO will also take care of Ugandaâ€™s interests on the international scene by keeping in close contact with bodies like CECAFA, CAF and FIFA.
The experienced administrator beat six other candidates including former FUFA administrative secretary Vincent Kissa.
Masembeâ€™s immediate task is to employ personnel for three other offices.
Jobs for accounts assistant, records assistant and an office attendant were advertised along with that of the CEO.
The exercise is part of a process FUFA initiated in December to reorganise its secretariat.
Before going to NCS, Masembe worked as NFLC secretary and Nakivubo stadium manager.
He is also a qualified coach who handled SC Villa, BOU and Express teams.
But he excelled most as a referee who held the FIFA badge for 12 years during which spell, he officiated at three Nations Cup finals including the 1996 final where South Africa beat Tunisia.