The level of gerrymandering in Ugandan football is at alarming levels. Fufa, and in particular Moses Magogo, has found a lot of success in influencing top clubs to pursue selfish interests which perfectly works in FUFA’s favour.
His comfort is that as long as traditional giants SC Villa, Express and KCCA are not united; Fufa’s authority will never be threatened or even questioned and better still this will serve well to further dismember the league body
. Add Vipers, URA and Police FC and Magogo has each of the clubs in his pocket
Last season, he hurriedly handed Vipers FC the league crown to appease and silence Dr Lawrence Mulindwa, who had repeatedly criticised Fufa in its running of the league. He has since gone quiet and continues keep away from the rest of the clubs.
When I quit Villa in 2018 and Magogo anticipated a fans’ revolt, he convinced my successors that Villa would post better results in spite of its financial struggles. What followed were questionable Villa victories to the extent that it remained in contention of the league title in spite of the fact it had a squad only fit to compete in the Big League.
A few years ago when Kiryowa Kiwanuka returned to Express as chairman, Magogo knew he could not risk have him work with other big clubs. Since then, he has patronised Express with all sorts of favours. Its not by surprise that the Express/FUFA marriage has given birth to Nakiwala Kiyingi who has no legal attachment to Express but continues to be recommended by the same club to serve as the 3rd VP. Only a few weeks ago Express was declared league champions in the boardroom.
Many will agree with me that whereas Express has a good administration set up as well as a technical bench, their player quality pales in comparison with Vipers, KCCA or URA.
In fact, one would be hard pressed to single out more than one Express player capable of being summoned to the national team.
Yet they are the league champions. I am not actually begrudging their success because I know Villa is rebuilding a formidable team; but I am worried about the aloofness with which Express is treating other clubs.
The Express leadership has of recent distanced itself from clubs’ cause to the extent that they have snubbed club unity, which is crucial in collective lobbying of the interests.
A few months ago, I wrote how Fufa, with the blessing of some clubs like Express, rejected the nomination to the Uganda Premier League (UPL) board of respectable people like Robert Kabushenga, Njuba and Daniel Kalinaki, among others. Fufa did this out of fear of opening themselves up to more scrutiny and accountability as would be demanded by these decorated administrators.
So, as Fufa continues to have a firm grip on club sponsorship and rules, clubs who get some success are aligning themselves with the oppressor.
It is for this reason that Kiryowa Kiwanuka needs to join other clubs in the fight for what is due to them and leave FUFA’s massage room
Today, Express are Fufa darlings because they strategically need Kiryowa in their good books but this comes at the detriment of domestic football.
Express will understand this when they embark on continental football in a few weeks time.
It will be a matter of time that Express and other self-centred clubs will detect FUFA treachery and will quietly return home.