Whenever there’s a football problem in Uganda, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) is expected to solve it.
Poor officiation, clubs not paying salaries, poor football facilities, players failing trials, unprofessional coaches, women’s football issues, unregulated agents, chaotic schools’ football, unethical administrators, football not being able to make front-page headlines, clubs not performing at the continental level, etc.
Think of any problem within Ugandan football, and FUFA will be the first culprit.
Some problems are comical like; clubs not having sponsors, age cheating in underage football, and transporting clubs.
As the body that’s in charge of football in Uganda, FUFA should take responsibility for the blame but they can’t solve all problems.
Using an example of corruption, the Ugandan government is responsible and should take the blame but can’t solve that problem on its own.
It requires sensitizing the public that acts like bribing police, bribing your way to getting a job, cheating in exams, expecting to be paid extra for performing a service for which you are already paid, falsifying receipts, etc. are all acts of corruption.
That way, the public will know that corruption starts with me.
It’s a problem that can go away if we change behaviour from our homes and the quality of upbringing.
FUFA is a group of football associations. They are the members that makeup FUFA.
Uganda Football Referees’ Association, Uganda Football Coaches’ Association, Uganda Women’s Football Association, Uganda Football Players’ Association, etc. are some of the FUFA member associations.
FUFA needs to come up with a syllabus for developing the capacity of administrators to improve governance with FUFA member associations.
Come up with guidelines on who qualifies to be eligible for football administration courses.
Formulate a thorough member association licensing guide, delegate tasks that directly affect member associations, a balance scorecard, and an appraisal system for member associations.
From that process, it’s possible to ask questions like; What does each FUFA member association do to solve problems that are linked to them?
On 12th February 2020, the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel (CPD) ruled that KCCA FC fans committed acts of hooliganism in a UPL match against URA FC after the Sam Ssimbwa (URA FC head coach) celebrated in front of them.
Interestingly, Sam Ssimbwa didn’t get any punishment, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is among the majority blaming FUFA for any problem.
Unknown to CPD, three football problems were “swept under the carpet” yet these will haunt FUFA in the long run.
The URA FC vs KCCA FC fans violence can be solved by making the Uganda Football Coaches’ Association answerable as to why they have licensed a coach that behaves that way, make the Uganda Football Referees’ Association answerable as to why the referee did not book the coach, make UPL, URA FC and KCCA FC answerable for the way fans behaved in that match.
There should be repercussions for each football problem, ensure that it’s documented and make sure the responsible member association is doing something about the found problems.
The repercussions should always trickle down to the coach, fan, referee, administrator, and player to always be answerable and start taking responsibility for any football problem.
How long will it take for FUFA member associations to solve problems and to ensure they don’t happen again?
How long would it take to solve the majority of Uganda’s football problems?