The Uganda Premier League (UPL) and Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Friday held an end of season (2022/23) Safety and Security review meeting in which a wide range of recommendations for the upcoming campaign were made. 

Key recommendations include the training of more Safety and Security Officers (SSOs) and Stewards, as well as the formation of an Association of the aforementioned personnels. 

According to the UPL Head of Communications, also League Safety and Security officer, Gordon Roy Mundeyi, the meeting also “recommended the creation of the safety and security department at FUFA.”

Peter Kibazo, UPL Board Member speaking at Kati Kati at an earlier event. UPL Head of Communications Gordon Roy Mundeyi (R) looks on.

The dress code/uniform for the SSOs was also agreed upon. Mundeyi also revealed to upl.co.ug that the federation would “release FUFA Safety and Security Regulation, as well as the Stadium Safety and Security Regulations.

“The Club Safety and Security Officer is now Mandatory for top flight clubs,” he added.

Half of the 16 top flight clubs including champions Vipers SC, KCCA, Maroons, SC Villa, Express, URA, BUL and Wakiso Giants attended the meeting.

Some of the main speakers incuded UPL Chief Executive Ofiicer (CEO) Bernard Bainamani, FUFA deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza, who also awarded badges to SSOs, and Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Managing Director Jamil Ssewanyana.

UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani stressing a point at the meeting

The UPL and FUFA first held such a stakeholders meeting on safety and security last November in the wake of hooliganism that had rocked league matches at the time.

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