The Monitor (Kampala)

3 September 2011

Uganda: FUFA Accounts Are Well Kept, Mulindwa Tells Delegates

Unlike the previous general assemblies were the Fufa president's report was handed out to the delegates days before the assembly, last week in Fort Portal, they got it on DVD.

The district chairmen received it three months prior to the annual Fufa general assembly at Mountains of the Moon Hotel giving them time to deliberate before submission.

Fittingly, Lawrence Mulindwa, in his speech, paid tribute to the fallen sports greats who passed on in the past few years.

This was before the real debate kicked off. Mulindwa boasted about his administration and finances being streamlined saying; "Fufa accounts are well kept."

Fufa did receive $500,000 from Fifa as their World Cup bonus and Fifa Assistance Programme together with the $400,000 for the FIFA Goal Project three which the executive resolved to use for finishing the technical centre in Njeru.

The Cranes also received $120,000 for claiming second place in the Nile Basin tournament; together with the $75,000 President Museveni gave the team for their AFCON 2012 away engagement against Guinea Bissau.

"The biggest expenditure has gone towards facilitating the Cranes, Kobs, technical development of the game and capacity building." Mulindwa told delegates.

The Kobs' qualification for the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique was perhaps the biggest achievement on the playing turf.

"Their brilliant display especially the 5-1 away win against Kenya is evidence that my administration has nurtured and developed talent that can even take on Cranes responsibilities in a few years," he bragged.

Of course, the ongoing feud with Uganda Super League remains a major concern but there is a future to anticipate too. The need to develop various football facilities in the country where talented youth will be spotted is not far from the high table.

And with the technical centre construction about to be completed, the tapped talent can always gather in Njeru for development. Mulindwa showed intent of helping USL further by introducing administration, coaching and managerial courses to clubs to enhance transparency and accountability.

But the conflict between USL and Fufa overshadowed the assembly as the executive came up with 14 issues Mulindwa prefers to call commandments he wants USL to comply with or else the Fufa executive takes back the powers of running the league.

Delegates were given a chance to react and SDCA representative to the assembly Bunnamwaya's Thaddeus Kitandwe cleared the air.

"We clubs don't have any problem with Fufa, the problem is within our members. One of our members has decided to disorganise us," said Kitandwe.

Adding; "Our power and authority has been taken away yet Fifa told you to be our supervisors on the road map to professionalism. I ask you kindly to sustain your suspension and kindly come organize our house about the directorship."

USL CEO Jimmy Ssegawa Ebil watched on as Kitandwe spilled the beans to the conference which was pleased with the Shs517m in surplus from the past year.

"We are not in any kind of debt.," said Anthony Kimuli, the Fufa vice president finance said.

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