New Vision Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kabushenga has declared his intention to stand for the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) presidency in the forthcoming elections slated for August 31.
This comes just hours after current FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa announced that he will not be seeking a third term in office.
In a press briefing held at New Vision offices on Tuesday morning, Kabushenga said that his decision to contest for presidency is based on passion and belief that FUFA needs a new leadership following Mulindwa’s retirement and feels he is the right person to steer that new leadership and thanked the outgoing president for creating an opportunity to renew the federation leadership.
“First of all, I have made a decision to stand based on my passion and belief that FUFA needs new leadership. Mulindwa after doing a good job has created an opportunity for FUFA to renew its leadership and I think that therefore FUFA needs a leader like me to come in and give it new energy”.
On the rules that bar him from standing since he is not member of any football club amongst other restrictions, Kabushenga admits he thought every football loving Ugandan was eligible to stand but still believes the rules can be changed to allow him stand.
“When I made a decision, I didn’t know of the requirements, I thought every Ugandan who is a football lover is eligible to stand. Nevertheless, I now know there are some rules and will be seeking to ask those rules to be changed to allow me to stand as a candidate and allow people on the floor to vote and decide whether I can be president”, he said.
“The most important thing is the leadership and not so much the rules on how u get the leadership but it’s the leadership that matters”, he added.
Kabushenga revealed that if elected into office, his first task will be ensuring that many stakeholders are involved in the game as it’s the only way to drive football to glory that Ugandan football has sought for some long time.
“If you have good leadership for FUFA now, the one that can involve many stakeholders then that is the leadership that will drive football in Uganda to the glory we are looking for and you can see it from the population, people love to have a successful football team”.
In addition, Kabushenga promised to improve the situation of the Cranes and hinted at poor preparations as the cause for Uganda’s consistent failures to prosper.
“The starting point and urgency would be to ensure that in the Cranes as a team, the situation improves so that people aspire to be on the Cranes and that requires a lot of work, welfare and looking after the players. What’s letting us down is poor preparations for that success and I think we need a higher level of investment and I believe I can mobilize to have that investment done and that’s why I am coming in”.
When asked what he intends to do to ensure that government gets involved in funding football in the country, Kabushenga hinted at his closeness to government as his major asset in driving them to the game.
“I have the ability to convince even the biggest man in office to come on board and invest in football. The good thing is that he loves the game too”.
This is the FUFA article in full that restricts Kabushenga from seeking the federation presidency
Article 9 (3)
“For any person to be eligible for the candidature of the Executive Committee Member of a FUFA member, he/she will have served in one or a combination of any of the following positions for a total of at least 3 years in the last 5 years”
a) Exec Committee member of FUFA
b) Member of FUFA standing committee
c) FUFA accredited admin instructor
d) Delegate to FUFA assembly
e) CEO/GS of FUFA
f) Executive member of CECAFA, CAF, FIFA
g) Standing committee member of CECAFA, CAF, FIFA
h) Member of Executive Committee of a FUFA registered Football Club