Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Eng. Moses Magogo expressed his worry about the state of football infrastructure while addressing the media in the aftermath of his re-election to the position on Saturday August 21st.
Magogo maintained his grip on this desirable office as the twenty-seventh federation during the 97th FUFA General Assembly held at Wash & Wills Hotel in Mbale City.
This Assembly is an annual where delegates convene and review activities carried out in the past 12 months but also plan for the future. The delegates and stakeholders of FUFA like the UPL and Big League teams among others always take part in this meeting.
Speaking at the event, Magogo commenced his submission by thanking all members present for promoting the beautiful game of football.
“I welcome everyone here and would like to thank you all in your different capacities for promoting the game of football.” Magogo started.
He needed no invitation to initiate a praise and thanks ceremony for the superb performances of Team Uganda at the recently concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.
When addressing the perception about football in the country, the FUFA boss called upon all stakeholders and the football fraternity to embrace the modern trends and turn professional since football is a business that can make its own money.
Magogo, who won the presidency unopposed also highlighted that the biggest challenge in football has been and continues to be infrastructure.
“We have the challenge of Infrastructure. I am more worried about the rate at which football pitches are being taken away. Football is a big contributor to the economy and we deserve to have good infrastructure for proper growth of the game.” He expounded.
The Budiope East Member of Parliament has consolidated power as president for the next four years and this will be his third term at the helm of FUFA since replacing Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa in August 2013.
The absence of stadiums is still staggering and a big burden not only for the Regional and Big League championships but also the topflight league.
It’s the same story with the national team who for some time contemplated hosting the World Cup Qualifiers games in a different country until the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende was cleared by CAF.
This is a facility owned by an individual and not the government or the footballing body. The closest to a state-of-the-art facility in the country is Mandela National Stadium in Namboole which has been a Covid-19 facility for a year and a half now.
Overnight changes that will see the powers that be in the country invest in construction of these infrastructures seems unrealistic given the fact that Magogo is no magician. The new tenure might just bring back a sense of déjà vu.