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League clubs aim for pro status in four years time

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th January 2010 03:00 AM

UGANDA Super League clubs have made a commitment to turn the top soccer division into a professional competition in the next four years.

UGANDA Super League clubs have made a commitment to turn the top soccer division into a professional competition in the next four years.

By Michael Nsubuga
in Jinja


UGANDA Super League clubs have made a commitment to turn the top soccer division into a professional competition in the next four years.

A declaration of the commitment to raise competition levels locally was made after a one-week FIFA ‘win in Africa for Africa’ club management course conducted by FIFA development officer Ashford Mamelodi and instructor Henry Ben Tandau

During the week long deliberations at the Nile resort hotel in Jinja, officials of the clubs represented by their chairmen and secretaries admitted that they had been running football in an amateurish and primitive way and that there was need to take a professional approach.

A five man Ad-hoc committee that has Moses Magogo, Kavuma Kabenge, Issa Magoola, Richard Omongole and Jimmy Segawa Ebil was named to lead, direct and monitor the implementation and realisation of the declaration.

Mujib Kasule (Nalubaale) who gave a key note address on behalf of the officials at the closing ceremony said the declaration is going to be used as a work plan towards improving the image of the game in the country.

‘This was a very enriching course for all of us and we have agreed that Ugandan football has big problems that can’t be attributed to any club or individual,” he said

“The next step is to plan, seek and act to find a remedy. We have been selfish and have to work collectively and do things independently with the blessing of FUFA,’’ Kasule stated.

Ashford Mamelodi the FIFA regional development officer advised the clubs to establish corporate identities, build fan bases and develop an attitude to stop fighting and generating controversies as the game suffers as a result.

‘We are now on the same wave length. It’s good we now have a club where we all speak the same language” added FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa.
Mamelodi also wants the league trimmed to 14 teams.

MEANWHILE Ugandan champions URA beat Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Nairobi City Stadium on Saturday before falling to Kenyan champions Sofaka 1-0 yesterday.

URA is building up for a CAF Champions League tie against Zambia’s Zanaco next month, adds Reuben Olita.

League clubs aim for pro status in four years time

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