Maroons FC CEO Pius Bamwenge has reviewed the club’s first round performance and position, highlighted on the season objectives as well as the improvements he has made at the club since he took over as the CEO.
During an interview with The-SportsNation, Bamwange who first joined Maroons FC in 2017/2018 season before coming back in 2020 says he has rebuilt Maroons, improved playing turf among others.
“Since I became the club CEO, some of the notable changes I have brought to the club is rebuilding of Maroons FC Structure; we now have a fully working Secretariat,” Bamwange stated.
“We have improved the playing turf of Luzira prisons ground, we have one of the best playing turf in the league.
“Another thing we have changed is we have brought back the culture of using home based players and this has reduced on the expenditure in terms of player recruitments.
“Brand building – we have a good image in the football fraternity as we don’t involve ourselves in non football matters or any behaviors that put our game into dispute, and media visibility as a result of Structure organization.”
Maroons FC is currently in the fourth position after 10 matches in the first round with 16 points, two below leaders Blacks Power. They have won and drawn 4 matches each and lost 2.
Bamwenge adds: “As a CEO, I’m not contented with the team performance in the first round because our target has been topping the table always.
“What has hindered us from achieving our first round objectives is because we don’t score enough goals, had we scored more goals in Mbale and Luweero, we would be topping the table now.
“We only rely on Fred Amaku for goals, he has scored 7 of the 14 goals we have. We are looking at strengthening in the attacking midfield and the striking department.”
Maroons FC will face Jinja North United FC in the stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 64 on Monday 24th January ahead of the second round resumption.
“We started our trainings early, brought in motivational and counselling personnels, we had enough practicing games and playing staff re-enforcements as we prepare for the second round.”
The CEO has also highlighted on the lessons they have learnt playing in the fufa Big League.
“In the Big League you need to win your games at home because it’s not easy winning away from home.
“Not every player can play in the Big League because it requires energetic players due to physical type of players in the league”
Big League is very expensive in terms of travels this comes with accommodation and feeding”.
“Hospitality is very poor, I remember one team that locked us at the gate, we had our warm up outside the gate and they opened for us to go and start the game.”
Bamwange states that their main objective is to qualify to the top flight, brand building and Academy development.
“Our main objective is qualification to the startimes Uganda Premier League.
“Academy building and infrastructure development, our main focus on Academy is on home grown players because Luzira has lots of talented players so we shall develop them this will help us to reduce on high expenditures on new players”.