After working with Francis Kidega for a period of three years, Police FC replaced him with Fahad Lumu as the club’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Friday, June 25, 2020.
Though not a common figure in Ugandan football, Lumu previously worked as a football administrator with Fire Fire FC and Lufula FC in the Kampala Regional League.
He also previously managed players like Steven Mpoza (URA), Mohamud Hassan (Onduparaka), and Pius Ssebulime (KCCA) who were some of his closest contacts under his company JOKAP investment.
Lumu is not new at Police FC, after serving as a marketing manager for a few months until his appointment on a three-year contract as CEO.
And upon his appointment, Football256 had an exclusive chat with him about his new job as Police CEO.
How did you receive the news about your new job?
FL: In one way or another, it came as a surprise to me but I would like to first thank the almighty God for this wonderful opportunity given to me. And also thank the entire Police FC management for trusting me and giving me this honour to work with them.
How surprising was the appointment?
FL: Despite the fact that I’ve been administering football at the regional level that’s Kampala Regional League, Police is going to be my biggest stage in football administration and therefore surprising because it’s a top club giving me the opportunity to explore the heights and am so glad.
Any word on what your predecessor has done for the club?
FL: I thank him for the services rendered towards Police FC and I would also like to confess that he has been a good administrator, engaging, and with a good working relationship, those are some of the things I’ve observed about him during his tenure.
He’s been efficient in a way that even when stuff was difficult, the club has remained in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League for all three seasons during his time in office, that’s a big achievement.
Given Police’s current position in Ugandan football one would overlook such an opportunity but what inspired Lumu?
FL: It has always been my dream to one day work with a big club in the Uganda Premier League and here came the opportunity to work with Police FC.
And the other thing is about the professionalism they exhibit, they have a professional chairman in Afande Asan Kasingye, they have a very professional coach who I recognize as the best coach in Ugandan football.
It’s a club which needs endurance and development and I know I can bring it to their table. So working with the club is by choice and I believe all factors constant we shall do a great job.
What’s the way forward for the club under your stewardship?
FL: I want to first admit that there have been some loopholes that have made Police look like an amateur club but I am looking forward to changing that narrative by improving some policies most importantly the transfer policy.
As we are looking forward to recruiting more players, we would also want to change the way our good players leave the club, by maintaining senior players so that we also start challenging for silverware because I believe the club has the potential.
We are planning with the chairman, coach, and other stakeholders to improve the club’s financial position because it has been the most challenging part. With that improved we want it to be hard for our good players to leave and I can assure you we are going to maintain 90% of the current squad.
What do you make of coach Abdullah Mubiru with whom you will work with?
FL: First of all, Mubiru is not only a coach to me or a manager, but he’s also my great friend we’ve been having a fiducial relationship with him for some good time now and we can really work together.
Because am also a professional football administrator with vast legal knowledge and other aspect of life, what I can say given our level of professionalism is working together with him to revamp this team.
Mubiru is a tolerant guy, good listener, a well-wisher, good at developing the game of football at both individual and general basis, the above is going to continue proving right when we start working together.