As the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) convenes for the 92nd time at the Annual Ordinary Assembly, there are key highlights among which passing of a Shs14bn budget estimate will stand out.

88 delegates, invited guests and the media will meet at Nimrod Hotel in Luweero this Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.

FUFA Head of communications, Ahmed Hussein confirms;

FUFA President Moses Magogo will chair the 88 delegate Assembly at Nimorod Hotel, Luweero on Saturday with many highlights and proposals to be discussed that will define the destiny of Ugandan football in the next five years.

This will be Magogo’s 3rd time to chair the Assembly after St Lira and Soroti Hotels Assemblies since he was elected in 2013.

Magogo who took over from Lawrence Mulindwa, has made strides during his tenure so far in his four year term that ends in 2017.

He will head into the Assembly with his head held high following success both on and off the field but challenges also part of his journey since taking over as the head of football in Uganda.

Notably, the qualification of the Uganda Cranes to the 2017 Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, Uganda Crested Cranes returning to international football after a five year lull, hosting the CECAFA Women Championship, holding the first ever Youth Coaches and Referees courses, Coaching courses at senior level, Administrative courses and winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

With the top league enjoying great scenes of fans back in the stands, the corporate world has already noticed the beauty of association with local football.

The FUFA CEO also communicated that Minister of State for Luwero Triangle, Dennis Galabuzi and is expected to be the Chief Guest.

Deliberations at the Assembly will hinge discussions of the National Council of Sports statutory instruments of 2014 which saw the world soccer governing body visit Uganda to give guidance to both FUFA and government. The meeting later cleared the way for FUFA to register under the new sports rules and regulations which also saw FUFA change the name of its commercial arm FUFA Limited to Scoreline Investments Limited.

The 14bn shillings 2017 FUFA budget estimate will also be an item to be discussed with the year likely to be crucial to football development. The U-17 CECAFA Championship will be hosted by Uganda early 2017, FUFA Presidential elections and the Uganda Cranes taking part in the AFCON Finals.

The Uganda Women National team will also part in international engagements while FUFA will be looking at acquiring land in the 8 regions for future set up of football grounds.

The budget will also capture activities highlighted in the FUFA five year strategic plan (in areas of governance, Technical development, infrastructure, National Teams, Competitions, Marketing and Communications, Administration and membership .

Audited books of accounts (2015), Futsal Association of Uganda application to become associate members of FUFA, naming of the new electoral committee, change of name of FUFA’s commercial arm from FUFA Ltd to Scoreline Investments Ltd, presentation of the FUFA five year strategic plan for the period 2017-2021 and the estimated budget for 2017.

Proposals:

1. Women representation to increase in the Assembly

There are two proposals to increase women representation in the Assembly as the Uganda Football Referees Association has two delegates (Hajji Yusuf Kamulegeya and Kalule John Caxton). The third delegate will be required to be a woman.

The FUFA Women Elite League will also have a delegate to represent the interests of the teams playing the top flight.

2. Futsal Association of Uganda application to become Associate members

The popular sport will be seeking for admission as associate members before they can be fully taken on for representation in the Assembly. 

3. FUFA strategic plan 2017-2021

4. Budget estimate presentation of 14bn for 2017

5. Accountability 2015

6. Electoral committee-Patrick Okanya

7. Scoline Investments replacing FUFA Ltd

8. National Council of Sports (NCS) Act

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

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