Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa, Busoga United Chairman

Busoga United Football Club had an up and down performance in the 2020 – 2021 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.

Out of the 26 games played, they managed 26 points, an average of a point per match.

They lost as many as 12 matches, drew 8 and managed only 6 victories.

On countless occasions, the club had internal woes thrown to the public when players and coaches skipped training sessions, had salary arrears for as many as six months and many injured players were virtually unattended to.

Perhaps, the club kept the momentum and aggressively maneuvered through the valley and patchy confines in the season.

Chairperson Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa attributes the survival of this club to good management and hard-work.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa, chairman of Busoga United Football Club

The survival of Busoga United is entirely attributed to good management and hard work. Having managed to organize the team in my first season as CEO, Busoga United finished 4th in 2019/20 season. When the season was cancelled in February due to COVID-19 last year, I quit and only returned in November when the team was struggling with no hope of survival. And again, though no one gave Busoga United a chance; we have survived relegation despite the financial challenges the team is going through.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa , Chairman Busoga United Football Club
Busoga United team that beat BUL 1-0 in the Jinja derby at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe.

Takoowa lauds the technical, non- technical staff and the fans for the collective responsibility for the great work executed.

The team has been able to survive the knife due to the unwavering support and contribution of the technical team headed by Coach Abbey Bogere Kikomeko and the entire staff. Also, key among other non-staff that were very instrumental in helping the club included Edwin Ochieng (Gaddafi FC chairperson), Jacob Odur, Brenda Kiconco among others.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa , Chairman Busoga United Football Club
Busoga United Head Coach Abbey Bogere Kikomeko Credit: John Batanudde

Club challenges:

Takoowa points to the major challenge at the club being the ownership woes and lack of clear management structure.

As a requirement of FUFA for licensing to participate in the League; we are working to ensure issues of ownership are sorted before the kick-off of next season.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa , Chairman Busoga United Football Club

The club also faced limitations in sponsors and other support partners to top up on the StarTimes sponsorship monies.

At the moment, we are tirelessly looking for sponsors and partners to ensure Busoga United Football club continues to support the development of talents not only in Busoga region but in the entire country.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa , Chairman Busoga United Football Club
L-R: Busoga United FCchairman Hassan Mugerwa Takoowa, Maulik Patel and the Club CEO during the launch of the Nile Directives sponsorship package to the club

Humble appeal to Corporate family:

Takoowa makes a loud cry to all the respective corporates to come and rally support to Busoga United Football Club through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) token.

We are therefore seeking for all corporate companies that would like to promote their brands through Sponsorships to come and work with us as we try to uplift the lives of the talented young players as a way of escaping from poverty.

Hassan Takoowa Mugerwa , Chairman Busoga United Football Club

The club is set to lose a number of players for reported breach of contract or expiry of their respective employment contracts.

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

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