Mbarara City players celebrate after being promoted. Mbarara City was represented by Mutaka Seka (club vice Chairman) and Julius Byamukama in the FUFA Club licensing workshop Credit: FUFA Media
[/media-credit] Masavu players after picking their runners up silver medals. They were represented by Allan Gayi and Edward Jjingo at the club licensing workshop Credit: Kawowo Sports

Early planning is a key prerequisite to any successful project undertaken.

Close to four months ahead of the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League kickoff, the 3 newly promoted clubs from the FUFA Big League have undergone orientation.

The orientation is based on the club licensing exercise.

Overall champions Maroons, runners up Masavu and Mbarara City are the clubs that attended the exercise held at FUFA House on Wednesday.

[/media-credit] Maroons Football Club XI against Masavu. Club CEO Innocent Oguda attended the club licensing workshop at FUFA House in Mbarara Credit: Kawowo Sports

FUFA Club Licensing Manager Ivan Kintu Bayige, FUFA Club Licensing Committee members Issa Magoola and Bernard Bainamani together with the other officials from the FUFA Competitions Department conducted the session.

FUFA acting CEO, Humphrey Mandu who represented Edgar Watson (away for the 67th FIFA Congress in Manama, Bahrain) congratulated the three clubs and wished them fruitful deliberations in the top flight.

On behalf of the FUFA President, I congratulate you upon attaining promotion to the Uganda Premier League.

Club Licensing breeds highest levels of organization. The clubs that have followed the system have gone on to get results.

Club representatives:

Edward Jjinho and Allan Gayi represented Entebbe based club, Masavu.

Maroons’ CEO Innocent Oguda attended on behalf of Maroons and Mbarara City was represented by the duo of Mutaka Seka (club vice Chairman) and Julius Byamukama.

[/media-credit] Mbarara City players celebrate after being promoted. Mbarara City was represented by Mutaka Seka (club vice Chairman) and Julius Byamukama in the FUFA Club licensing workshop Credit: FUFA Media

“Club Licensing is not a punishment or a way of harassing clubs. The exercise is done so that the clubs can have a clear view on what to expect in the top league as per FUFA’s requirements,” noted the FUFA Club licensing manager, Bayige.

Before kick off of the league, each of the 16 clubs in the top flight is given a certificate to acknowledge the fulfillment of  the conditions and key requirements set by the FUFA Club Licensing Committee.

Nitty Gritty of the FUFA Club Licensing process:

  • Inspection of the clubs’ premises-offices, training ground, playing ground
  • Clubs provide documentation indicating ownership and structures
  • Clubs provide books of accounts indicating income and expenditure
  • Clubs provide estimated budget to be followed for upcoming seasons
  • Mandatory for all clubs in the Uganda Premier League to have an U-17 team
  • Club legal status
  • Players’ employment contracts

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

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