Refereeing, Sports Bill, Success Stories Top Magogo’s End Of Year Address

In his one-hour End of Year Speech, FUFA President Moses Magogo made firm remarks on the state of officiating, the proposed Sports Bill, and the success stories in the year 2021.

Magogo who was accompanied by FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, National Teams’ Organization (Off-Pitch) chairman Apollo Ahimbisibwe and Vice Chairman Finance Aliga Rasoul, also talked about the Federation’s challenges and also torched into the year 2022.

He categorised his speech into 8 sections that include among others Governance and Administration, Football Development, Football Competitions, Finance & Marketing, Communications, Hardware (Infrastructure), Stakeholders and Innovations.

Magogo’s comments on officiating comes in the wake of recent criticism directed towards referee standards and flurry of FUFA sanctions for offences in the Uganda Premier League.

Despite the poor officiating rearing its ugly head again in the league, the President was quick to commend the referees for the “thankless job” and reminded the audience that referees are also “humans just like us” and so they make mistakes.

“By the time the goal is scored, its a series of mistakes done by either the player or the coach, administrator, referee etc so it’s wrong to summarise a game of 90 minutes by just one mistake made by a referee.”

Magogo expressed his frustrations and kept asking why excuses are found in referees.

“And I am very proud of certain decisions that have correctly been made the referees without the assistance of Technology. You all remember the game between Vipers and KCCA recently at Kitende – Dick Okello made a correct call, that ball crossed the line. and everyone saw it via TV,” he added in reference to Bobosi Byaruhanga’s goal.

“That game between KCCA and Villa. The referee rightly call it a goal when KCCA scored despite the ball looked to have passed outside the goal though the net was torn. Look at the other alternative if the referee did not count the goal at Njeru or Kitende? the two referee decisions decided the game. So, let’s give them credit where they have got it right.”

“And where they make wrong calls, we will take corrective means. We have made discussion with the Referees Committee and agreed where wong calls are applied let’s make corrective measures where Training is one of the option and Sanctions being the other. But again we are not going to accomodate referees that are making mistakes that are basic.”

Magogo stated that the Federation will protect the referees against any form of unregulated attacks

He added: “There are TV matches we will choose for central review and analysis and Referees are called to give their second opinion.

“Players, Coaches and Clubs have official channels to present their dissatisfaction with performance or match officials and FUFA will listen to them. Public complaints about referees before during and after the matches they officiate shall cause disciplinary action.”

He revealed that the Federation is set to acquire Equipment and Technology that will help improve on the welfare and performance of the referees.

He also commented that there are no outstanding dues to UPL and FBL referees.

“We intend to further automate Competitions functions and create a match day centre,” he added.

Magogo believes that some clubs are using ‘poor officiating’ as scape goats for their poor planning and says that most teams loose games even before the actual kickoff.

The National Sports Bill

Magogo, who doubles as the Budiope East MP, recently introduce a Private Member’s Bill entitled, the National Sports Bill, to the floor of Parliament.

The Bill will dissolve the National Council of Sports for the proposed Uganda Sports Commission, among others that include streamline the incorporation, registration and management of Sports Federations and Associations.

It will also tackle on the Sports malpractices like doping, match fixing and betting etc.

Magogo said that the Federation is in support of the Bill.

He commented: “Every thing in this country is regulated by law and there are so many gaps that we have that can help the game grow but Incidentally they are not regulated.”

It should be remembered that Sports in Uganda is regulated by the National Council of Sports Act Cap 48 which was enacted in 1964 which Magogo believes that its outdated and can no longer accommodate the modern trends of the game.

The Success Stories in 2021

Magogo highlighted a couple of success stories by the Federation and football at large despite the struggles mainly due to Covid19.

In terms of Governance, he confirmed that FUFA has undergone successful audits; annual Statutory Audits, annual FIFA central audits and the forensic audit by the Ministry of Finance.

He commented about the National teams success in international competitions like the achievement of the Uganda Hippos that reached the final U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania.

Magogo also commended the Sand Cranes (National men beach soccer team) that debuted at the Africa Cup of Nations where they finished at the Semi-Finals. “They did a great job and came six minutes shy of qualifying to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.”

The U20 Women team came second at the CECAFA U20 championship won by Ethiopia in Njeru and have also knocked out Kenya and South Africa recently to book a tie with Ghana in the penultimate qualifiers of the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Magogo says that the success of the National Women Football Teams have been by “design.”

“We have done tremendously well in creating an environment for more women into the game. FUFA currently has 20 fulltime staff including Director and manager positions.”

He also highlighted and commended Express FC for winning the CECAFA Kagame Cup recently held by KCCA FC, as Uganda defended the competition for the first time.

Magogo also termed the return of the Airtel FUFA Awards as a success as the Federation continue to reward Sports Excellence.

He also recognised the admission of the FUTSAL Association of Uganda into the FUFA Family and FAU.

In the Communication department, Magogo said: “Our digital numbers on social media have gone beyond one million being the number one most followed sports brand in Uganda.

“102.1 FUFA fm has been revamped and upgraded in studio setup and technology. It will give be a better radio signal reception and wider coverage when this exercise is complete.”

He also included the sale of Uganda Cranes jerseys on Jumia which has eased the fans purchase.

Magogo also commented on the FUFA Estate that has expanded to Lugazi, Njeru, Hoima, Kadiba and the FUFA Complex and other assets that have been well maintained.



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