In the wake of last week’s super league players’ sit down revolt that saw over four games affected, 13 of the 16 USL clubs unanimously agreed on Monday to forge a way forward to put a halt to the matter.
Among the resolutions passed was a) suspending the league for a week. b) Set up a three members’ committe to meet the players through their association Uganda Footballers Associatiön (UFA) and c) Liase with FUFA to open a temporaly seven days transfer window in which clubs can acquire new players in case they didn’t agree with revolters.
It’s nice hearing that the game’s major stakeholders (players) have finally echoed their grievances albeit most of the raised issues being unrealistic. The players demand for a minimum wage, realistic contracts, insurance cover and resignation of the FUFA top hierachy including the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). They go on to demand for resignation of national team Coach Bobby Williamson.
True most of the demands are unrealistic and the timing unfair but we have to accept that Ugandan footballers are the most under previlleged sports personalities in the country. When they come out loud and clear to show whoever is concerned that they are unhappy, we must listen and not give a deaf ear. When USL decides to open a temporaly window, they are not only abusing the rules of the game but also show disrespect the revolting players who have served them passionately under the alleged unfair conditions.
Besides, even the new acquisitions will in future suffer under similar conditions and will raise their voices too. Where and when will this circus end? In my opinion, clubs must sit and discuss these issues with the players. Am certain these players will listen and come back to play. I don’t want to side with players but they have a point.
However, the players must also have respect for their employees because most of these clubs are individually funded. In my opinion, it would be nice if all stake holders sit on a round table to end this debacle amicably but am not in support of a temporaly window. Instead clubs should learn how to manage their players.