In a controversial turn of events from the recently announced Ex-International Footballers Association governing body (EXIFA), Uganda Cranes legend Tom Lwanga contemplates stepping down of the committee, ironically for the betterment.
Appointed in absentia as a council member, the KCCA FC board member thinks other people deserved the position for their peculiar contribution towards pushing for the agenda of ex-players than him.
“I first of all want to thank my former mates for identifying and appointing me to serve the game,” Lwanga told Football256.
“However, I genuinely think people like Ibrahim Buwembo deserve to be somewhere on that committee. We all know he has been pushing (the agenda) for ex-players through the years.”
“I heard him yesterday on CBS FM show with David Lumansi and his comments and tone about the new committee sound of a discontented man,” the concerned Lwanga noted.
“I can step down for him to be in that committee because I think he deserves a place there (on the committee.”
“I am not distancing myself from the committee, I can still serve an advisory role to the committee, which may be of more value than me being on the board,” he said.
On that note, Lwanga thinks the committee should cover a broader scope for the former players and have representatives from all clubs in the top tier.
“I see so many former KCCA FC players like Baker Masiko, Sam Ssimbwa and Jackson Mayanja, the representation is a bit biased,” Lwanga added.
The 19-man committee which was recently unveiled at Jevine hotel in Kampala is headed by Jackson Mayanja.
Mayanja is assisted by George Ssimwogerere while Gibby Kalule (Secretary), Sam Ssimbwa (Treasurer), Patrick Ntege (Organising Secretary), Dan Walusimbi (Project Manager), Baker Masiko and Majida Nantanda (Welfare) among the members on the committee.
The ex-players committee was founded in 1975, and was part of FUFA’s General Assembly until 2012 when it was exempted.
The body has been revived with the mission of helping alleviate the welfare of former players, and also assist FUFA and other stakeholders on how to better manage the game of football in the country.