FUFA extends 735M Covid-19 to Women Football Clubs

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) confirms that allocation of financial assistance (FIFA COVID-19 relief) towards Women football clubs has been effected.

This is after the World football governing body, FIFA released USD 500,000 specifically directed towards the development and continuity of women’s football after the outbreak of COVID-19.

‘FUFA has received the FIFA Grant of USD 500,000 that was allocated through the COVID-19 Relief plan for development of Women football.’ Confirmed FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson.

It should be noted that the FIFA Grant is approved to cater for the ‘Take Flight Project’ which was launched in a bid to develop Women’s football in Uganda for the next two years (2020-2021).

The strategy was hinged on four key pillars that include:

  1. Increasing Women involved in football
  2. Improving the Women Football Leagues and National Teams
  3. Increasing number of Girls playing football
  4. Increasing revenue generating streams for Women football

It is upon this background that FUFA has approved a total of UGX 735M to be paid directly to Women football clubs starting Friday, 30th October 2020.

Each of the teams in the FUFA Women Super League which is the top tier league will receive UGX 40M. The League will have ten teams next season implying they will get a total of UGX 400M.

The 12 teams playing in the FUFA Women Elite League (2nd division) will get UGX 15M each while teams playing in the Regional Leagues (50 teams) will get UGX 3M each.

UGX 5M has been allocated to the five teams featuring in the Women Beach Soccer League with each getting one million shillings.

Below is the breakdown:

Mckinstry Names Local Based Squad For South Sudan game

Uganda Cranes Head coach Johnathan McKinstry has released a list of 22 home based players from which 5 or 6 players will be considered for the main squad of 20 foreign based named last week. McKinstry has confirmed that the team will undergo rigorous assessment between 2nd and 8th November 2020 before the final selection is made.

As previously announced in addition to the squad of 20 foreign based players for the upcoming double header against South Sudan in the A, we would be looking to adding  5 or 6 Uganda Premier League players to the mix so that they can compete for places in the squad. In order to give the local based players the best support, we will be running an advance camp between 2nd and 8th November. In addition to that, we shall be able to have some early arrivals of foreign based players whose leagues to join this camp in Kampala. The camp will also help the local based players to push their levels higher and hopefully get some minutes on the field against South Sudan’

The local based Squad

Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC)

Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (Sc Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel ( (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa  Patrick ( URA FC)

Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Kairm (Vipers SC), Owori David ( Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC)

Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC).

The training for the local based players will run from 2nd to 8th November 2020.

Uganda will take on South Sudan on 12th November at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende with kick off set for 4pm before facing off again 4 days later in Nairobi.

Survey on impact of govt’s tax exemptions launched

The Uganda Revenue Authority- URA has commissioned a study to gauge the impact of tax exemptions on the economy. The study will influence policy changes in the next financial year.

Government provides tax exemptions especially in areas of Agriculture, manufacturing, construction, information and communication technology , warehousing and logistics among others, in order to attract foreign investments.

However there are concerns of reductions in tax revenue collection despite the sustained growth of the economy. In 2015, the URA reported that it had foregone total revenue of 1.6 Trillion Shillings as a result of tax exemptions in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Milly Isingoma Nalukwago, the Assistant Commissioner Research, Planning and Development URA, the study will seek to assess the impact of tax exemption which will inform policy formulation.

According to Nalukwago, they are developing the concept on the methodology of the study and sampling the companies.

Thomas Tayebwa, the MP Ruhinda North County says that several Ugandans are facing challenges and yet foreign investors are benefiting from the exemptions. He cites foreign rice importers who were exempted at the expense of Ugandan farmers.

Three companies; Gotovate Uganda Limited, Williex commodities and Akhom were exempted from taxes to import rice during this period of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Parliament approved the tax exemption on COVID-19 medical supplies and materials and inputs used in the manufacture of equipment for the prevention, protection and treatment of COVID-19.

Referees Medical, Physical Fitness Tests ended successfully

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), on Saturday, held the physical fitness tests for national and international referees to access those who will officiate the upcoming football season in the country.

This came a day after the medical examination of these referees.

A total of 50 referees (23 FIFA) and 22 national referees underwent the tests at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru and StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo in Kampala.

Ali Kalyango and Ronald Mwesigwa supervised the crop of referees at Njeru, all of them international referees.

At Lugogo, Ronnie Kalema (Chairman FUFA Referees Standing Committee) alongside Rosebell Rwamuyamba, Ali Tomusange, JB Masiko, Kizito Rahman Nansubuga, Samuel Kayondo and Ndawula Muhammed Shaban.

According to Kalema, this exercise is undertaken four times in a year in a bid to ascertain the level of fitness for the referees ahead of continental assignments and national events as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League, Stanbic FUFA Uganda Cup, FUFA Drum among others.

“FUFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical fitness tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country.” Kalema noted.

Rahman Kizito Nansubuga, an Instructor described the exercise as an annual event aimed at preparing referees for international and national league games.

“These sessions also helped check on the endurance, speed and acceleration of referees to match the modern game.” Kizito disclosed.

This exercise is meant to establish their fitness levels as well as to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in the discharge of their abilities.

The objective was to update the participants on the Laws of the Game as well as evaluate their fitness and technical abilities for upcoming major competitions in the new season such as StarTimes Uganda Premier League, FUFA Drum, Stanbic Uganda Cup among others.

FIFA Referees Men

Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chellangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda.

FUFA Referees Men

Rajab Bakasambe, Deogratius Opio, George Olemu, Asadu Semere, Robert Donney, Paul Turyamureba, Nasser Mohammed Kirya. John Bosco Kalibala, Muzamiru Waiswa, Lucky Kasalirwe, Ali Kaddu Kizza.

FIFA Referees Women

Shamirah Nabada, Diana Murungi

FUFA Referees Women

Florence Ayaro, Immaculate Achillo, Habibah Naigaga

FIFA Assistant Referees Men

Dick Okello, Okello Lee, Ronald Katenya, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Okudra Emmanuel

FUFA Assistant Referees Men

Robson Atusinguza, Paul Omara, Rahman Atiku, Ahmed Kakembo, Mustafa Mafumu, Samuel Mbabali, Juma Osire, Shafiq Lulenzi, Ibrahim Ssekanjako,Mathias Omunyira, Gilbert Ngyendo, Noah Friday, Timothy Gumisiriza

FIFA Assistant Referees Women

Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Malex Nakito Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Docus Atuhaire.

FUFA Assistant Referees Women

Elizabeth Nasolo, Eunice Tiwuwe, Oliver Nakito, Hawa Nyangoma

FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Men

Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafiq, Ssenteza Mohammed, Kawaga Kennedy Bazlio.

FIFA Futsal Referees Men

Nsubuga Emmy Brian, Ssengendo Isaac

FUFA Futsal Referees Men

Kazoora Emmanuel, Mulindwa Ismail.

Nkuubi unveiled URA FC’s as 5th signing

URA FC have unveiled Brian Nkuubi as their latest signing.

Nkuubi joins the Tax Collectors as a free agent after he was released by Vipers SC a couple of months ago.

The midfielder has signed a three-year deal with Sam Simbwa’s side who finished 5th last season.

Speaking to URAFC.com, Nkuubi noted that he expects stiff competition for places at URA and he is certain the club can help him continue progressing.

“I’ve seen a lot of good players at URA FC and I expect competition for positions. He noted as quoted by the club’s official website.

“I have enough experience and I feel I can add a lot to the club in the coming season.

“I want to continue playing at a high level and compete with the best on the title and the club seems on the right path to provide that.

“This will give me more exposure as a player. The fans should expect hard work from me.”

Nkuubi has been on the hunt for a club after he was one of 13 players released by the Venoms in June.

He joined the Kitende based side in 2015 from now defunct Kira Young before helping them win two league titles.

At URA FC, Nkuubi joins Davis Ssali, Arafat Galiwango, Jackson Nunda and Hannington Sebwalunyo as the new players that have come in ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Speaking about Nkuubi’s arrival, URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa noted that the midfielder has developed a lot at Vipers and he will offer the Tax Collectors, a lot going forward.

“He is a player that has developed a lot during his time with Vipers SC in terms of responsibilities on the pitch, he will offer us a lot going forward and will prove key to our attack.” Ssimbwa said.

Gov’t warns candidate over campaign timing

The ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba has on Sunday afternoon said it is not yet time for campaigning.

She made the remarks while addressing the media at the ministry’s weekly press briefing at the Uganda media Center.

“I would like to congratulate all those individuals that got nominated for the various leadership positions. In a special way, I would like to thank those candidates that managed to abide with the existing COVID-19 guidelines especially regarding crowd control,” she said.

She revealed that they have observed that some of those who got nominated immediately took to the campaign trail addressing crowds and holding processions.

“First I would like to inform all candidates and the general public that it is not yet time for campaigning,” said Nabakooba.

She noted that the Electoral Commission (EC) is currently working on a campaign road map that will act as a guide for all candidates.

“The campaign road map is expected to be released soon and candidates are therefore advised to wait for guidance from Electoral Commission,” she said.

The minister further noted that everyone is aware that these elections are being guided by the existing COVID-19 guidelines.

“The guidelines strictly outlaw any activity that brings together crowds.
Most of the activities such as open public campaigns and processions are not acceptable,”

Nabakooba called upon all leaders to lead by example and avoid situations that put people’s lives at risk.

“We must all understand that Uganda has surpassed the 10,000 mark in terms of confirmed cases. Currently our total stands at 10,334 cases and 96 deaths,” she emphasised.

She urged everyon to take a personal decision and say no to COVID-19.

“Let us keep safe and be responsible citizens as we wait for the Electoral Commission to officially announce the campaign dates and program.”

The 96th FUFA AGM held successfully

The 96th Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) AGM was successfully hosted at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala Region on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

This ordinary Assembly is in pursuant to the FUFA Statutes Article (27) that calls for this meeting, held since 1924 when FUFA was founded.

The FUFA President Moses Magogo, chaired the AGM that brings together the 34 members of the federation.

73 of the expected 88 delegates attended the 4 and half hours’ deliberations.

“We held a tranquil assembly which is held annually as mandated by the FUFA Statures. We had a couple of amendments in the constitution like it has been over the years. This assembly also endorsed the annual activity calendar, budget and passed the appointment of committees, among other things” Magogo stated.

Former FUFA President John Baptist Ssemanobe, Katamba Ojuku Eugene (First Chairman FUFA Women football standing committee) and Kabugo Charles Kakunta (former member of Makindye DFA) were recognized with beautiful plaques and Shs. 1,000,000 each.

The activity report from the previous year was also passed as well as the budget for the upcoming season that totals up to 36,095,753,881 for the financial year 2021.

This budget is an increment by UGX 3.646,443,239 Billion shillings from the previous financial year.

Also, the FUFA Judicial bodies and electoral committee were approved for the Assembly.

The FUFA Judicial bodies:

Fed Committee: Dr. Azar Taib (Chairperson), Yusuf Kaggwa (Vice Chairperson)

FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel: Deo Mutabazi (Chairperson), Robert Serunjogi (Vice Chairperson), George Kabwimukya (Member)

FUFA Investigations Chamber: Musa Kabega (Chairperson), Husdon Katumba (Vice Chairperson), Hussein Lwebambawo (Member), Dirisa Kasalirwe (Member)

FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber: Peter Emojong (Chairperson), Andrew Lule (Vice Chairperson), Dan Obote (Member), Norbert Kazibwe (Member), Harriet Nattabi (Member)

FUFA Appeals Committee: Diana Nabuuso (Chairperson), Mohammed Nuru (Vice Chairperson), Sabiti Muwanga (Member), Livingstone Lajan (Member), Mark Namanya (Member)

*Amin Bbosa moved the motion to approve the members

*Steven Ssemutono and Joseph Mwanje seconded

FUFA Electoral Committee (2020-2024):

Mathias Bwiire (Chairperson), Rita Aliguma (Member), Joram Katende (Member), Dennis Ojwee (Member), Richard Mpaaka (Member)

Substitutes: Moses Odong, Oscar Ngobi, Richard Barigye

FUFA Appeals Electoral Committee: Yusuf Sulaiman Awuye (Chairperson), Stanely Kinene (Member), Favour Naima Anguko (Member)

Substitutes: Canon Edward Nsamba (Member), Mike Okwi (Member)

*Motion of approval was passed by Anthony Tumwesigye

*Seconded by Angelo Lonyesi and Jamal Ngobi

Profiles of Personalities recognized:

1 – John Baptist Ssemanobe

  • He was a fine left winger who played for Nsambya Sports Club
  • Former Uganda Cranes player in the 70s
  • His great asset was ball control, dribbling and passing. He was an expert at free-kicks, a firm believer in exposure of natural talent.
  • Coached Nsambya Sports Club
  • Served as FUFA President from 1989 – 1992

2. Mr. Eugene Katamba ‘Ojuku:

  • Born 14th June 1952
  • External Telecommunication in 1973
  • Owned and played for Wandegeya FC, Old Kampala SS in the 1970s
  • Formed a football club called Zozo FC within Old Kampala SS.
  • Founding Chairman and Member of Uganda Youth Football Association in 2005
  • Co-founder of Women football in Uganda.
  • First Chairman FUFA Women football Standing Committee, appointed on 1st October 1995.
  • Delegate for Kampala in the first elective FUFA Assembly of 14 Delegates in 1994.
  • Founder of uplifting Kampala Divisions to District Football status
  • Co- founder of Friends Of Football
  • Served as a CAF Commissioner

3. Mr.Charles Kabugo Kakunta

  • Born 18th August 1950
  • Played for Nsambya SC but his last active football match on 24th December 1974 after suffering a nasty injury.
  • Served as member of Kampala Zone 9
  • Served as Secretary Nsambya Sports Club
  • He helped process Denis Onyango’s first football License
  • Served as a member of Makindye DFA,
  • Co-founder Kansanga Sports club in 1988
  • Founder Kansnga Half London in 2002
  • Served under the leadership of many FUFA Presidents including Mzee Kezekia Segwanga Musisi (RIP), Sebaana Kizito (RIP), Denis Obua (RIP) and John Baptist Semanobe.

SC Villa’s launches new governance structure

SC Villa interim leadership led by William Nkemba unveiled a new structure on which the club will be run.

The move to make the club a community owned implies that every passionate SC Villa fan can now be part and parcel of the club, ending the big man syndrome where the club president appeared to be sole owner and chief financier of the club.

Under the new structure, every fan who pays an annual fee of Ugx. 50,000 becomes part of the Villa Members Trust who will own the assets of the club.

Each Member of the Villa Trust will have a right to vote for the club president once every four years and also get a season ticket that enables one to watch all home games.

Going forward, Sports Club Villa shall be governed through the Club Statutes and by the following structures

Uganda Cranes delegation arrives safely

The Uganda Cranes contingent of mainly locally based players arrived safely in Dubai on Thursday morning ahead of a planned training camp.

The delegation left Entebbe International at 9 PM aboard Emirates Airlines after days of delay in Uganda.

The team, majorly of locally based players and Iraq based midfielder Allan Kateregga had been scheduled to travel on Sunday, 4th October 2020 but the trip was cancelled at the 11th hour pending unresolved entry visas to Dubai.

Upon securing the required documentations and clearance, the team eventually left.

In Dubai, they were subjected to COVID-19 tests, mandatory for all travelers before heading to the team hotel, according to the media attaché, Ronald Lusulire.

This group will join the crop of players who arrived in Dubai earlier.

These are; Jayden Onen, Elvis Bwomono, Bevis Mugabi, Joseph Ochaya, Nicholas Wadada, Allan Kyambadde, Jamal Salim and Turkish based Farouk Miya.

Missed the training camp:

Team captain Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa became the latest player to excuse himself from this camp to join Egyptian based striker Derrick Nsibambi who picked an injury.

There is virtually no time to waste as the team embarks on the training sessions right away to compensate for the days lost.

The main purpose of the camp in Dubai is to prepare the team for the forthcoming double header against South Sudan in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers as well as the CHAN 2020 finals which will be staged in Cameroon, come January 2021.

Full Delegation:

Players:

Goalkeepers:

Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume, Uganda), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda),

Defenders:

Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Alex Kakuba (Desportivo Cova De Piedade, Portugal), Elvis Bwomono (Southend, United, England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Samuel Kato (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Patrick Mbowa (URA, Uganda)

Midfielders:

Shafiq Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Karim Watambala (Vipers, Uganda), Saidi Kyeyune (URA, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Erbil, Iraq), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Jayden Onen (Reading, England), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Bright Anukani (KCCA, Uganda)

Forwards:

Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Alexis Bbakka (Umea, Sweden), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia)

Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee member)

Johnathan McKinstry (Head coach), Abdallah Mubiru (Assistant Coach), Livingston Mbaabzi (Assistant Coach), Ibrahim Mugisha (Goalkeeping Coach), Alexander McCarthy (Fitness Trainer), Felix Ayobo (Sport Scientist), Emmanuel Nakabago (Doctor), Regan Innocent Baluku (Doctor), Samuel Mulondo (Kitman), Ayub Balyejusa (Kit man), Geoffrey Massa (Team manager), Paul Mukatabala (Team officer), Ronald Lusulire (Media Officer)

Ham wins sh41b court case

Hamis Kigundu “Ham” has won the sh41b loan case against Diamond Trust Bank (DTB-Kenya).

Commercial Court head Justice Henry Peter Adonyo on Wednesday (October 7, 2020) ruled that the credit facilities DTB-Kenya offered to Kiggundu are illegal since it is not licensed by Bank of Uganda as required under the law to carry out financial business in Uganda.

“The act of DTB-Kenya in conducting financial business is licenced in Kenya and it therefore illegally offered the facilities in Uganda. Consequently, this application is allowed with costs,” Adonyo ruled.  

In March this year, Kiggundu and his two companies Ham Enterprise Limited and Kiggs International (U) limited dragged DTB -Uganda and DTB-Kenya to the Commercial Court accusing them of fraudulently siphoning over sh120b from his accounts without his knowledge and consent.    

Kiggundu argued that it was illegal for DTB Uganda to appoint DTB Kenya as the agent bank and security agent in respect to its loan.      
He also wanted an order for unconditional discharge of mortgages created over his properties comprised in Kyadondo Block 248, Plot 328 land at Kawuku, FRV 1533, Folio 3, plot 36-38, Victoria crescent II Kyadondo and LRV 3176 folio 10, plot 923, Block 9 located at Makerere Hill Road and all cooperate and guarantees issued to the banks.      

DTB-Kenya head of debt recovery and company secretary Stephen Kodumbe however contended that the bank never conducted any business in Uganda and the credit facilities were offered in Kenya.  

Mr. Kiggundu contested that between February 2011 and August 2018 through his companies Ham Enterprises ltd and Kiggs International Uganda LTD was offered credit facilities by the bank for the construction of commercial building  

According to the bank, Ham Enterprise Limited is indebted to a tune of $6,298,380 on term loan facility of $6,663,453 and sh2.8b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b, temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b; $3,662,241 on the term loan facility of $4,000,000 and $4458,604 on the term loan facility of $500,000. 

He argued that DTB-Uganda did not act as agent of DTB-Kenya to conduct business in Uganda but only sought its services as a collection agent for it to receive its payments from Ham Enterprises Limited.  

The banks through their lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka claimed that the case only sought to delay Kiggundu’s payment obligations and ought to be dismissed with costs because he purportedly failed to service credit facilities and is in default of payments obligations.