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Sports administrators urged to go for political positions

By Aloysius Byamukama

Added 21st July 2020 09:59 AM

According to FUFA ExCo Member Chris Kalibala, the more number of sports personalities in positions of power right from parliament down to the local councils would help sports development in Uganda.

Sports administrators urged to go for political positions

FUFA ExCom member Chris Kalibala addressing club officials. PHOTO: Aloysius Byamukama

According to FUFA ExCo Member Chris Kalibala, the more number of sports personalities in positions of power right from parliament down to the local councils would help sports development in Uganda.

Sports personalities and leaders have been urged to go for decision making positions in the different political office posts in the country to increase the voice for sports support.

The call was aired by FUFA ExCo Member Chris Kalibala, while officiating at the closing of a two day Clubs Pro Agenda course for Premier League side Mbarara City and Big League outfit Nyamityobora football clubs' officials in Mbarara.

According to Kalibala, the more number of sports personalities in positions of power right from parliament down to the local councils would help sports development in Uganda.

Mbarara City and Nyamityobora FC officials during the training

"As sports administrators, please think of going for political positions in your areas and also support those who love sports, because this will be the best way of increasing the voice of the sports for more funding from government," Kalibala said.

Mbarara City president Mwene Mpaka, who was in attendance, is the Western Region Youth MP and is vying for the Mbarara City South MP seat.

Mwene joins the likes of former world junior champion Julius Acon,  Katwe United owner Allan Ssewanyana, Ayivu County MP, and Onduparaka FC chairman Bernard Atiku, Amus FC's Patrick Isiagi and the likes of Kato Lubwama and Denis Galabuzi, with others on the lower Councils.

National Council of Sports (NCS) has 53 registered sports associations but the budget allocation for sports was recently increased to 26bn from 17bn with football taking the largest share of 10bn as the rest of the 52 associations share the remaining.

Clubs Pro Agenda is a training/course organised by the local football governing body FUFA, to prepare the clubs for the licensing process that would also help professionalize club football and this has been going on for all Star Times Uganda Premier League and FUFA Big League Clubs.

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