Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Tuesday swiftly convened an abrupt meeting attended by the all the Executive Committee members and chairpersons of the 32 member associations to voice in unison concerns at how the National Council of Sports is handling the registration of FUFA under the Statutory Instrument No.38.

Despite the absence of the FUFA president, Moses Magogo, his first Vice (Justus Mugisha) and federation CEO, Edgar Watson (the trio are in Mexico at FIFA 66th FIFA Congress), the meeting which took place in the usually reserved FUFA Boardroom progressed as planned under the leadership of Darius Mugoye, the now acting FUFA President.

FUFA insists, they are a law abiding institution, but they will not perfect regulations that violate FIFA statures.

Mugoye asserted;

We are ready to defend the beautiful game of football. We are law abiding citizens.

We dully submitted our documents to National Council of Sports but we have failed to get a straight forward answer why we have to be registered under the Trusteeship which contravenes with FIFA Statutes. 

The point of diversion is that whereas FIFA and FUFA respect national laws. The current regulations have been drawn to violate FIFA statutes.

They make Government interference legal although inconsistent with the parent NCS Act

In 2014, the Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo issued guidelines on registration of all National Sports Associations under Statutory Instrument No.38.

A six month deadline was set for all Sports Federations to register by 31st August, 2014 which the Federation of Uganda Football Associations duly followed after holding an Extra Ordinary Assembly at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru to amend the Statutes to abide by the new regulations.

FUFA has now offered to facilitate a meeting either in Zurich (Switzerland) or Kampala between the Solicitor General, NCS and the FIFA Legal team.

They have also written to the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for indulgence in the matter.

National Council Sports has reportedly extended the registration deadline by yet another one month and they are set to address the media on Wednesday at their Lugogo based offices as regards the deadline extension.

Members who attended the historic abrupt FUFA meeting:

David Davies Katabira (Uganda Football Referees Association), Margaret Kubingi (Uganda Women Football Association), Deo Mutabazi (Uganda Beach Soccer Association), Joseph Opio  (Sadolin FC), Francis Ntalazi (Express FC), Peter Emojong (Soana FC), Sulaiman Sejjengo  (Buganda Region FA), Salmin Saleh (BUL FC), Simon Kirumira (Uganda Football Coaches Association), Paul Mukatabala (Uganda Football Players Assoication), John Bosco Masiko (UYFA), Vincent Sajjabi (Vipers SC), Kasalirwe (Kampala Region FA), David Mukidi (Chairman, Northern Region FA), Kalungi Edward (UFPA), Mpiima Samuel (FUFA Excom), Lwere Sam (FUFA Excom), Rogers Byamukama (FUFA Excom), Kalibala Chris (FUFA Excom), Mbidde Denis (FUFA 3rd Vice President), Mwesige Hasheem (Kitara Region FA), Stephen Noyait  (North East FA), Ariga Rasoul (FUFA Excom), Edoni Brahan Nasur (West Nile FA), HAmid Juma (FUFA Excom), Mugioye Darius (FUFA 2nd VP, Ag. President), Kiiza Decolas (Ag. CEO), Dr Patrcik Bernard Ogwel (FUFA Excom), Ochom Richard (FUFA Excom), Agnes Mugena (FUFA Excom), William Bwambale (Uganda Schools Football Association), Ronald Mutebi (Bright Stars FC), Musiwa Issa (Eastern Region FA), Kitandwe Tadeus (Vipers SC)

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

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