On Sunday, February 24, the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) will hold their annual general assembly.
Unlike the last two meetings, this year’s assembly will be elective and the basketball fraternity will usher in a new executive.
Going for the top seat are two individuals who have been serving as Vice Presidents in diffrent capacities during Ambrase Tashobya’s tenure.
Either Grace Kwizera or Nasser Sserunjogi will be elected to steer basketball for next four years.
Since declaring their ambitions, the two have been involved in ground work, telling the electorate and fans of the game about their plans for basketball.
And for Sserunjogi, focus will be on grassroots developments of the game if elected president.
“My focus has always been grassroots development of basketball,” he says.
“That’s what I stand for… I want us to take the game of basketball to primary schools. We need to have a league down there and we need need to have one for secondary schools because it will be easy for us to do talent identification.”
The federation has had partners in the past with the national league having sponsors as MTN and Airtel. However, in the last few seasons FUBA has struggled to raise funds to run the league, and to Sserunjogi the marketing department needs a fulltime employee to get the work done.
“We have had challenges in our media, marketing and publicity the reason being that as members of ex-com we are more-less volunteers but this department needs very committed fulltime people on a permanent basis. We have to get an individual who is a full-time employee of the federation so we can get accountability and reports on progress and that is what we will be looking at.”
The technical bit of the game particularly coaching and refereeing leaves a lot to be desired. With very few qualified coaches and a very small pool of referees in the country, the technical department needs to be empowered.
“It’s an aspect of the game that we also want to focus on, the coaching and refereeing.
“We want to empower coaches at lower levels to get the right product at the top level. We intend to train the coaches and sports teachers at the primary and secondary level with proper skills of growing kids in the game. We have a programme with FIBA (The FIBA 360 program) where we shall have several clinics to focus on the game at the grassroots.”