Magogo: there are not many Ugandans who understand football the way I do

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Newly elected FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo has revealed the four-year master plan -2017-2021. That he believes will see Uganda’s football move to another level. This happened on Wednesday during his first official address to the media at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Magogo noted that Football requires my brains, adding that there are not many Ugandans if not Africans who conceptualize football the way I do in addition to investing the hours I do.
‘‘I have provided my time, person and brains to improve football. Everyone agrees there is a huge change’’ he said
The Speech
Dear Fellow Countrymen, I am here to present Our Plan for the Next 4 Years as FUFA. Whatever we have achieved, the curtain comes down on 31st August 2017. It is History, we need to look at the future

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The Institution
Governance; FUFA being a self-governing body, we shall continue to improve our internal governance systems. We shall; Ensure, empower and enforce the independence and functioning of the, Legislature (General Assembly), Executive (Executive Committee supported by the committees and the Secretariat) and Judiciary (Judicial Bodies), Improve
Innovations; We have resolved to start a FUFA Sacco for the persons of football to save, lend and borrow money from. It will be managed by independent professionals and we believe as FUFA we will contribute and ask Government to contribute to the same. This revolving fund will be used to improve on the lives of the people of football

FUFA will organise Football Symposiums throughout the country and year involving internal and external stakeholders to generate ideas and debate on topical issues that will compose the discussion of the statutory meetings
Facilities; We shall continue to acquire and improve the facilities of FUFA such as Transport, ICT, Security, office space, furniture, systems automatizations.
Nation-wide coverage; The creation and empowering of Regional Football Associations is intended to improve on service delivery to the grassroots and masses country wide. FUFA will finance at least 2 fulltime staff in the Regional Offices

The Industry
Whereas the game of football worldwide is growing very fast technically and commercially, the industry in Uganda is still largely amateur and unregulated. The China Government as a strategy has unveiled to create a football economy of 850Billion USD by 2025 inclusive of hosting and winning the FIFA World Cup while the UK authorities collect billions of pounds in taxes from the English Premier League alone. In addition, football is a huge source of employment to the youth. We shall therefore take lead to advocate for creation of an industry.
The Government is a key player in realizing the dream of a fully-fledged professional sports industry in Uganda. We shall engage government in the following areas;

The Law; Creation of a modern sports law which answers questions of stadium safety, Match fixing, Betting, Doping, protection of sports brands’ commercial rights, the autonomy of sport and creation of the court of arbitration of Sport.
Infrastructure; provision sports facilities by acquiring, rehabilitating and maintaining of international, national and regional standard sports facilities. We will advocate to centralization of ownership of sports facilities in the entire country.

Funding; provision of funding for the national teams expenses of fulltime staff salaries, travel expenses, Accommodation, Bonuses and Allowances for the Official contingent and provision of air tickets for international competitions representative clubs.
Strategic agencies of government; integral planning to integrate sports into other government programmes in the areas of health, wealth creation, tourism, patriotism, gender, youth, crime prevention etc
Club Football; The development of footballers is an everyday activity. Without proper club football, the national team will not get the right players and consequently the right results.

FUFA Clubs Pro Agenda; We shall undertake the FUFA Clubs Pro Agenda a programme that will help clubs reengineer their technical and business processes and also focus on long term development
Club Licensing; We will also continue to undertake club licensing for both the professional and amateur clubs football
Competitions; Football competitions are the face of a football organisation like FUFA. More particularly, we shall; Stamp our authority on the organisation and integrity of match results of competitions that FUFA authorizes, Adhere to improving our organizational abilities of football competitions managed by FUFA. Ensure that the 3rd, 4th and 5th Division Leagues are played in accordance with the FUFA Rules and in as many DFAs as possible

Others are: Introduce the following competitions; Inter provinces Challenge, FUFA Elite Schools Competition and FUFA Primary Schools Competition
Education; More Education for Coaches, Administrators, Referees and Sports Medicine Practitioners. This will be done under the Education Strategy. It is our strategy to fast track a group of coaches through international training and exchange programmes
Youth; The U17 league shall continue with the FUFA Support. We shall also explore to undertake the U15 Competition. Will we compete in CECAFA and CAF Competitions
Staff; We intend to have fulltime staff for the National Team on a payroll if the government plans come through. We shall also name Personnel behind the National teams on Merit

Players: We will set a policy to help long serving national team players to prepare for the life after football. We will explore the issue of pension for the players in the Elite League. The Legends will be more utilized to promote football. The players association should be strengthened to help in players’ contracts stability
Commercialization: Modern Day football requires lots of monies. We have proven that we know what to do but without resources nothing can be implemented. There a wrong misconception that football has lots of monies already. We ignore the huge expenses.The only solution to lack of funds is to commercialise football.

Rich individuals and government organisation funding football budgets is not sustainable and has its limitations in professionalization. Let us invest in making more money. It may not be instant but we have to get there. We need to target the audiences at home that don’t come to the stadium. We have to put our events, competitions and programmes on TV and Digital Media.
Chasing the Dream
Football requires my brains, there are not many Ugandans if not Africans who conceptualize football the way I do in addition to investing the hours I do. I have provided my time, person and brains to improve football. Everyone agrees there is a huge change, why should some few self-seeking individuals seek to destroy the person instead. Why should people work day and night to confuse and compromise state agents to arrest me for no crime?

Elections and Politics period is finished, let us push in one direction. Leadership comes from God.I am the President because God has allowed. Those who have gone to courts, we remind you that our statutes and that FIFA do not allow that and you are advised to withdraw and come back to the FUFA Structures
‘‘It is Our Game, it is Our Country’’
Editor’s note: A slightly edited speech by FUFA president Moses Magogo.

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