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FUFA amends league rules

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th August 2007 03:00 AM

THERE was no flexing of muscles or banging of tables at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations’ extra-ordinary assembly yesterday.

THERE was no flexing of muscles or banging of tables at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations’ extra-ordinary assembly yesterday.

By James Bakama
in Masaka

THERE was no flexing of muscles or banging of tables at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations’ extra-ordinary assembly yesterday.

The assembly smoothly passed the controversial article 16(c)(i) besides quelling the accusations of rebel delegates.

The delegates overwhelmingly amended articles on organisation of leagues and district representation by youth and primary schools.

A report in one of the weekly publications listed the “rebels” who threatened to split the assembly.

FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa however cooled tempers with an apology to the house.

“It’s not the executive’s position. We treasure everyone,” stressed Mulindwa, dismissing reports that it was one of his executive members who leaked the list.

A total of 71 delegates who turned up at Masaka’s Brovad hotel polled for the Super League to be organised and supervised by FUFA.

A provision for the federation to constitute a separate committee to organise the top local league was also endorsed.

Article 16(c)(i), which previously watered down FUFA’s powers over the various leagues, now reads: “The leagues of district/zonal/regional football associations shall be organised by the respective associations under the directions and guidance of FUFA.

“(ii) Super Division League shall be organised and supervised by FUFA. However the federation may constitute a separate committee to execute this work on its behalf.”

Zubair Galiwango, an executive member in the Denis Obua regime, laboured to have the Super Division Clubs Associations included in the article.

He was however, on a point of guidance by FUFA’s legal officer Fred Muwema, told that the amendment catered for all stakeholders.

Galiwango had earlier on, after a number of futile attempts to be heard, yelled out: “This is not a school meeting but a general assembly.”

He was a happy man at the end of the assembly when Mulindwa assured him SDCA would be consulted in matters to do with the top league’s management.

Amendments to article 16(b)(i), moved by FUFA vice-president Justus Mugisha, were also passed.
Secondary schools will now have two delegates to the district assembly while youths will have one representative.

FUFA’s actions follows Mbale Heroes’ suit in the Mbale High court challenging the federation’s eligibility to run the league and having Heroes relegated after a poor display during the season.
Muwema affirmed to The New Vision later that the amendments strengthens FUFA’s defence in the Mbale Heroes football club’s High Court case.

The city lawyer however added that the onus of the interpretation will be dependent on the presiding judge.

FUFA amends league rules

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