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FUFA , USL finally agree after years of feuding

fufa and usl agree

By Steven Kagiri,

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Limited and Uganda Super League Limited have signed an agreement to work together for the betterment of Club football in Uganda.

This has been achieved with the wise counsel of the Hon Minister of State for Sports, Hon Charles Bakkabulindi and after extensive consultations with the sponsors and the constituents of both parties.

The joint statement was signed on 14th March, 2014 by FUFA President Engineer Moses Magogo and USSL Chairman Kavuma Kabenge.

The two sides have been squabbling since 2012 after FUFA withdrew the mandate to run the super division league from USLL.

This led to loss of top tier sponsors which included Supers port and Uganda Breweries under their Bell brand.

In the agreement, both parties have been assured and guaranteed by the Sponsors of the continued provision of funds effective 2014/5 Season with more innovations extending beyond the Super League matches and also highlighted that whereas the day-to-day activities of the League will be run by the league board and secretariat appointed by the 16 clubs, USLL will manage the match-day events of the televised games

The parties have also agreed to sign a charter to respect each other and harmoniously co-exist for the period of the contract and beyond.

In addition, it has also been agreed that as a re-branding strategy, for the 2014/5 Season the top-tier league will be known as the Uganda Premier League (UPL) composed of 16 clubs that will be licensed by FUFA in accordance with the FUFA Club Licensing Regulations.

Some of the highlights in the joint statement:

*Through the Sponsorship contracts between USLL and the Sponsors, USLL will avail FUFA with the funds to finance the Club football. In return, FUFA will ensure organisation of football matches in accordance with association football rules and fulfilling minimum Television requirements as expected by the Sponsors.

*From the revenue received from USLL, FUFA will withhold a minimal development percentage and Referees Fees. FUFA will thereafter forward the balance of the funds to the clubs

*After signing this agreement, both parties have been assured and guaranteed by the Sponsors of the continued provision of funds effective 2014/5 Season with more innovations extending beyond the Super League matches

*It has also been agreed that as a re-branding strategy, for the 2014/5 Season the top-tier league will be known as the Uganda Premier League composed of 16 clubs that will be licensed by FUFA in accordance with the FUFA Club Licensing Regulations.

*Whereas the day-to-day activities of the League will be run by the league board and secretariat appointed by the 16 clubs, USLL will manage the match-day events of the televised games

The parties have also agreed to sign a charter to respect each other and harmoniously co-exist for the period of the contract and beyond.

‘Both parties take this opportunity to thank all those who made this happen and also apologise to those who have been hurt by the period of the misunderstanding’ read the joint statement.

Ex- CAF Media Expert. An expert on African football with over 15 years experience ,always with an ear to the ground with indepth knowledge of the game. I have worked for top publications including 7 years at www.supersport.com until i founded www.soka25east.com to quench the thirst of football lovers across the continent. I have trained young upcoming journalists who are now a voice in African football.I have covered World Cup,AFCON,CHAN,Champions League,Confederations Cup,Cecafa,Cosafa,Wafu and many other football tournaments across the World. Founder Football Africa Arena(FAA),Founder www.afrisportdigital.com

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