Fufa and 14 StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) clubs on Thursday held a season review and proposed reforms meeting at Fufa House in Mengo, Kampala as the two parties look ahead of the 2020/21 football season.
Several issues were raised ranging from club licensing, the communication gap between the federation and the clubs, the challenges that clubs face and their proposed stand in regard to the Fufa Competitions reforms.
Contentious among Fufa’s proposed reforms is the reduction of topflight clubs from 16 to 12, something the sides have not taken well.
Fufa president Moses Magogo, in his opening remarks, said the FA is open to positive criticism and welcomes all opinions.
“Fufa believes in dialogue and debate,” he said, “It is okay for us to disagree. We can come out to such meetings and fight but when we leave here, we must protect the image of the game. We are open to criticism and it is only through dialogue that we can solve some of these challenges.”
UPL board chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo shared similar sentiments. “We are here because we are family,” said Rugyendo.”
“Families that talk together and disagree in principle together, definitely stay together. We are here to dialogue, to speak candidly about this brand and chat a way forward.“Where we have flexed muscles, we must reconcile, improve where there are challenges and forge a way forward for the betterment of the league.”
Presenting on behalf of 14 club chairmen/representatives their response to Fufa’s proposed reforms, KCCA vice chairman Aggrey Ashaba said the FA should instead incorporate stadium funding, increase in prize money, governance re-calibration, create of chairmen’s forum, commercialize model of the league and reform refereeing.
“Our challenges are in finance, governance, refereeing and communication,” he said, “We are, therefore, asking for Fufa’s help in stadium investments, increasing prize money and streamlining of governance.
“We also need to reform refereeing by UPL contracting a legal entity that will be accountable for their work. Therefore, we are calling on Fufa to stay reforms and review UPL strategic plan.”
The clubs also suggested that the UPL board chairman should automatically be the third vice president at the Fufa executive, and that they would appoint the CEO.
It was agreed that there will be more engagements with other key stakeholders to come up with a conclusive approach on the proposed reforms.