Ben Misagga a goal against Vipers a while ago while still SC Villa president Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] SC Villa president Ben Misagga celebrates Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Sports Club Villa Jogoo president, Immanuel Ben Misagga insists many of the local coaches are ‘half baked’ and used the opportunity of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s visit to express his concern.

Passing a vote of thanks to Infantino following a successful meeting at Hotel Africana with the Uganda Premier League club chairpersons, regional chairmen and special interest groups, Misagga requested Infantino to send more technical personnel to help uplift the coaching department.

Without mincing words, Misagga informed Infantino, one of the grey area for Uganda’s football is under qualified coaches.

Personally, at SC Villa Jogoo the most successful club, I have sacked many coaches because many do not meet the status quo. I request you for more coaching courses for these coaches.

Majority have been engaged in courses that last 5-10 days. This time is not enough to cover all the necessary coaching modules.

In less than two years, Misagga has got rid of 8 technical staff for what he has always termed under delivering.

From Steven Bogere, Polly Ouma, Sam Ssimbwa, Antonio Flores, Ibrahim Kirya, Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, Deo Sserwadda to now Shaqik Bisaso, the axe has not spared any.

More player exposure and football as a business

In the same vein, Misagga called for more meaningful partnerships with clubs in Europe, Asia, America and other parts of the world in a way of marketing and promoting the players.

Football is business. I am a businessman myself.

We need to market and promote our players to the external markets. This is one way of how football in our country will develop.

SC Villa Jogoo president Ben Misagga (with cap) poses for a photo with Jens Leidwall, of The Independent Affiliates FZ (LLC), a Dubai based marketing agency

Infantino thanked the club, regional and special interest groups chairmen for the tremendous work being done to ensure the development of football in Uganda.

The Italian, whose visit was the first ever tour by any FIFA President to Uganda, remarked;

You guys are doing a very commendable job to develop football from the grass roots. You sacrifice your personal resources and time in the name of football development.

At FIFA, we are promoting football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football. We shall continue to assist all our 211 member associations in the entire world.

URA, Vipers, Proline and Express chairpersons missed the meeting with Infantino for different reasons.

However, URA was represented by the club chief executive officer, Edward Kulubya.

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

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