FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo has revealed the Federation is engaging the Ugandan government on the possibility of injecting a stimulus package for football in view of the Coronavirus outbreak.
In his address to stakeholders on the status of the game on Wednesday, Magogo feels football deserves to be classified as an economic activity because it employs many Ugandans who pay taxes to the government, directly and indirectly.
“It is also true the we are engaging in our paper to government that Football is not leisure. Football is an economic activity employing people that qualify to also to also get a stimulus like all other sectors,” said the FUFA President.
He further proposes that in an event government has to kick start the economy by injecting in some resources, Football as a sport should also qualify as an economic activity to partake on any action by government to kick-start the economy if they have have to.
“For us we believe we don’t need a lot to kick-start us to make sure that we can move forward.
“In our discussion with my colleagues in other Federations and National Council and Ugandan Olympic Committee, this is one area we are pursuing to present the powers that be, that Football is an economic activity employing directly and indirectly so many Ugandans and paying taxes.
“For FUFA alone, we don’t pay less than 2.5 billion Ugandan shillings in taxes per year directly.
“And if you look at Football indirectly, we may be paying more than 10 billion shillings in taxes,” He concluded.