It is a new beginning for the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA), one that promises unprecedented heights under new president Nasser Sserunjogi.
Quite the humble character, Sserunjogi’s “revolutionary” ideas translated into a 37-24 triumph over rival Grace Kwizera in the FUBA general elections held on Sunday at the Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo.
To remove any doubts about his ability to engineer developmental projects, the 39-year-old has the KIU basketball project to speak for him, a project he initiated in 2002.
Sserunjogi is also an old-timer who has served as vice president and secretary during outgoing president Ambrose Tashobya’s 12-year reign.
However, he will definitely be judged by what he achieves in his new role and the basketball fraternity will now put campaign talk behind them and eagerly wait for an upturn in the game’s fortunes.
Widely seen as a highly basketball knowledgeable figure, he speaks of a collective kind of approach.
“This is nothing more than a call to serve. I’m proud that I have been entrusted with quite a huge responsibility but most importantly, I assure you that I’m ready to work with as a team player,” Sserunjogi said.
His selling point has largely been in a proposed grassroots strategy that partly seeks to decentralise the game.
“We already have the successful Junior NBA but honestly, we want to go down to the least communities. Primary schools programs are coming as well,” he added.
Kwizera in defeat said he was looking forward to work with the new leadership in any capacity.
President: Nasser Serunjogi
Vice President Finance: Aggrey Mbonye
Women Commissioner: Sandra Munduru
Youth Commissioner: Steven Nyeko
General Secretary: Hudson Ssegamwenge
Marketing: Arnold Katabi