As a player, retired Uganda Cranes, SC Villa, Umeme and Victors winger Paul Mukatabala was armed with an arrary of trickery skills on the ball.
He was as exciting as a picturesque rainbow painted across the skies on a sunny atmosphere after a heavy storm.
Back in the days, Mukatabala was also a vivid team leader both on and off the field of play.
In retirement, Mukatabala, alongside former Express kingpin defender Edward Kalungi have been the two players’ leaders as representatives in the FUFA Assembly.
The duo have been the voice of the thousands of active and retired footballers in the FUFA Assembly.
Coming to the 5th July 2017 elections, the duo seek to run for another term.
Mutakabala eyes another term in office and will fight for the renumeration of players.
Football is a short term job.
There is life after football. Therefore, club owners need to respect the players. I will continue to fight for the improvement of players’ remuneration of salaries and allowances.
Some clubs do not pay their players either deliberately or lack of funds.
But as player leaders, we need to fight against this.
Playing football is their job and they have to be paid.
On Monday, 8th May 2017, Mukatabala and Kalungi were joined by eight other Ex-internationals – Patrick Ntege Kaweesa, Nankabirwa Hamidah, Robert Tumusiime, Fatumah Luwedde, Lulenti Kyeyune, Andy Lule, Prossy Dorah Nalwadda and former UMEME defender Fred Habineza.
Their elective assembly was held at Jevine Hotel in Rubaga, Kampala.
The Uganda Football players Association is for active and retired is composed of 66 delegates.
These will be joined by 16 delegates from the Uganda Premier league (team captains).
In the same vein, each club captain of the 16 FUFA Women Elite League will also send in one delegate.
Another 16 delegates from the regional league.
These are consistuted from the 8 FUFA regions (each region represented by 2 delegates) with their elections scheduled for 18th May, 2017.
On top of those, 8 delegates will come from the FUFA Big League players’ delegates (1 delegate representing each region)
These will convene to elect their two delegates who will be part of the 88 delegates at 93rd FUFA Assembly that are allowed to vote the FUFA Executive on 5th August, 2017 in Masindi.
The 10 delegates for Ex-internationals:
Edward Kalungi, Patrick Ntege, Hamidah Nankabirwa, Robert Tumusiime, Paul Mukatabala, Fatumah Luwedde, Lulenti Kyeyune, Andy Lule, Dorah Prossy Nalwadda and Fred Habineza.