Mergers in Uganda’s football are well documented time immemorial.
These date from as far back as 1987 when there was a famous merger between first division club, KK Cosmos and super division giants Blue Bats (formerly British American Tobbaco) to form a single club, named KBT Cosmos.
Fast rising St George Clinic Football Club, formerly a Kabarole district entity (fifth division) is the latest to join the family of mergers as they took over Kitara regional side Fort City.
The development was confirmed by the club president Vincent Kamara Ateenyi on Saturday, 17th July 2021 during a press conference held at the club offices in Kahungabunyonyi, Fortportal City.
St George Clinic Football Club finalized an agreement with Fort City Football Club management to take over their name and we are going to compete in Kitara regional league next season. We did a lot of consultations from the district football office and FUFA before the take-over.Vincent Kamara Ateenyi, President St George Clinic Football Club
Christened as the “Knights” St George Clinic Football Club embarked upon their journey in 2018, as a corporate club.
They featured in the inaugural Tooro Corporate League where they emerged as champions.
In 2019, the club management sieved the junior side from the corporate as they took part in the Kabarole District league.
For the first time, St George Clinic will have to make the long awaited debut for the first time in the third division of Ugandan Football.
Ronald Rujumba, the club manager noted that they beef up the playing wing with new able recruits in a bid to strengthen the squad and compete favorably as the target is to qualify for the FUFA Big League (second division).
“I want to thank God, our fans and supporters for this achievement, we will have a big test in our first season in league, we having been fighting for this” Rujumba said.
The club will also target building the brand, fan base and partners on board.
Already, St George Clinic is joined by Travel with Latiff, Jevic Collections, Nungi Safaris among others as the club partners and sponsors.
The final decision to permit the change of name will await the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) supreme organ, the Executive Committee as mandated by the constitution.
Three months ago, FUFA passed in the affirmative to approve Volcop Lions Football Club to Fort Portal city Football City.