Regional League side Spartans FC owner Suleiman Kiwanuka has admitted that the club ‘could collapse’ following his decision to quit football administration.
Kiwanuka shockingly decided to resign from football and confirmed the development at a press conference held at ‘Below 32’ Restaurant in Munyonyo on Monday, February 9.
Kiwanuka blames his decision to quit football on FUFA for the continued lack of respect for the good work he has done for the game of football in Uganda.
“Apart from parastatal backed clubs, these other clubs survive on their owners,” Kiwanuka confessed in the press conference.
“I came into football with passion and it is what has driven me this long and definitely when I leave it will collapse,” Kiwanuka added.
“It is very unfortunate that I am leaving a lot of people that I have been taking care of behind and I know FUFA knows the implications my quitting is bringing.”
“They know very well that I have been with over 25 players, five coaches that I have been taking care of more even those not at this club.”
“We have played against a lot of teams that I’ve bought jerseys for and some others come and they lack transport and it is me to facilitate them,” he said.
Kiwanuka’s decision to quit football on Monday, came two days after FUFA’s Disciplinary Chamber passed a decision to fine him UGX One million for leaking critical information from the FUFA Football Connect system without authorization.
Failure to pay the sanctioned fine within the stipulated period of time, Kiwanuka was bound to be suspended from engaging in any football-related matters for six months.
However, Kiwanuka disclosed that he had been at loggerheads with the federation over a number of issues with the most recent one being the transfer of forward Isaac Ogwang from Spartans to SC Villa which has sparked the stand-off.
“My concern is that people should know that FUFA is not faithful, it is not clean maybe if I am gone, something will come up and a couple of things will be put right within the federation.”
“They falsely talked to the club’s Media Officer Tendo Musoke regards the transfer of the player and the next day he was unveiled and licensed for Villa.”
“But in actual sense, Ogwang is still licensed under Spartans so I do not know the license he is using at Villa, it must be a fake one,” Kiwanuka noted.
Should Spartans collapse, it will join a number of other individuals owned clubs that collapsed previously in the likes of Nalubaale FC, Kiira Young among others.