In the wake of Uganda’s failed qualification to the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign – the 19th consecutive attempt, Federation of Uganda of Football Associations (FUFA) president, Moses Magogo has bought off time to address the nation’s way forward.

In a 3 hour special press briefing specially addressed on Wednesday at the federation headquarters in Mengo Kampala, Magogo has categorically outlined the 8 basic parameters of football world over.
Uganda’s Michael Sserumaga (right) fights for possession against Ghana at Mandela Stadium.
The parameters are; Administration, coaches, Resources, facilities, Media, fans, Clubs and the Players
“The football development journey is like a relay race where several components are key in the struggle with the last partner on this relay team as the player” Magogo told the Media in a fully packed press conference attended by media, several federation officials and the Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sedrojevic.

The Ugandan Federation boss highlighted the benefits for each of the 8 components as a stepping stone in the football development process.
“Like a relay still, if one party falters, the entire race is complete mess”, he added.
Right from the top most administration, to the grass root coaches, the financial and other resources, facilities, the media, fans, clubs and the players, everyone is equally crucial to the task.

On the media, the FUFA president castigated some parties of the Ugandan media, who have been on many occasions against several qualification campaigns.
“Against Mauritania, some Ugandan journalists aided the opposition with video clips of the Uganda friendly game against Seychelles. You can imagine such sabotage of that nature?” he pondered.

He bought off special time to heap praise on the Uganda Cranes 12th player – the fans, who have been supportive throughout the campaign especially against Ghana and Togo.
Magogo acknowledged the team’s sponsors and the government for the financial support among the other facilities.
FUFA is set to organize the first national football workshop of itself – meant to address the pertinent issues affecting Uganda’s football at the moment.
The workshop will take place on the 24th and 25th January 2015 in a top hotel in Kampala.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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