18 December 2012

Uganda: Local Player Licensing Goes Digital

Mengo — Local soccer governing body FUFA has benefitted from a FIFA donation of a management information system that comprises computers, printer and a scanner worth $50000 (sh140m) in a bid to digitalise local player licensing.

The programme, License Plus, was installed by Narsil Technology of Tunisia at FUFA House in Mengo on Monday.

The donation is one of the fruits of the Win In Africa with Africa campaign that is intended to empower Africa football federations.

While inducting FUFA staff who will manage the system, Narsil Technology general manager Izhar Mahjoub explained that it will help the federation manage players' database more easily.

He said the system is part of the standardisation of players' registration and licensing across countries in Africa, adding that it is piloting in Uganda before it can be spread to other countries.

"Uganda will be used as a test during the mid-season transfers in January. The system can track a player, his medical status and how many goals or matches he has played," Mahjoub explained.

Under the system, clubs will be required to avail FUFA with details of their players which will be fed in once. The system will not allow double registration of a player.

FUFA chief executive Edgar Watson said that they requested FIFA for the system to get rid of club conflicts over players. Local clubs have fought over players on occasions.

The system is the second management system that Uganda has received from FIFA following the Transfer Matching System (TMS) they got last year for international player transfers.

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