Busoga United chairperson Diana Hope Nyago Tumuhirwe is perplexed by how her club has been represented at the FUFA consultative meeting held on Wednesday morning, despite the club showing no intention of attending the said meeting.
Busoga United was among the nine Uganda Premier League clubs that had made their intentions clear not to be present at the scheduled meeting, but to the surprise of many, their ‘representatives’ were the first to arrive at the venue.
Busoga Kingdom sports minister Amin Bbosa and Agatha Kayemba have been listed as the representatives of the club at the meeting held at the FUFA conference hall in Mengo.
However, according to Nyago, none of the two has been authorised to attend the meeting on behalf of the club, going on to question under which grounds they have been even allowed to attend.
“I am confused with this whole situation,” a perplexed Nyago told Football256 via a phone call.
“I am the club chairperson and I have refused to go, and I have organised other club chairmen not to go. And even still if I wanted to delegate, I would have authorised a club official to go,”
“Amin Bbosa is not a club official so I am asking who authorised him to go, and as who?”
“These people are just posing; they do not know anything about the club. Amin doesn’t know how the club is run, even the directors of the club he doesn’t know,” she added.
An enraged Nyago further showed her discontent at what she referred to as a move to arm twist clubs into having representatives, accusing FUFA of even dishing out bribes to have representatives in order to have a quorum for the meeting.
“But what is wrong with Magogo? What is wrong with these people?” Nyago asked.
“The problem is not those he (Magogo) is arm twisting into attending because am told they have been sending cash to these people to come and pose after realising they have no quorum for the meeting.”
“This meeting was to be attended by club chairmen, but I task the organisers to prove that these people who are not chairmen are there under authorisation from their clubs.”
“Even now, Bright Stars do have a representative from I don’t know where, and even Express have been represented but I spoke to their chairman (Kiryowa Kiwanuka) and he confirmed to me they won’t be attending,” she continued.
Following the cancellation of the 2019/2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, FUFA in a bid to move fast and begin preparations for next season called for consultative meetings with 14 top division sides that qualified for the 2020/2021 season and the UPL secretariat.
The key issues to be discussed in the meeting included the proposed reforms to the league which entailed reducing the number of clubs from 16 to 12 by the start of the 2021/2022 season.
Also licensing reforms are to be discussed, this follows challenges faced by clubs in meeting the set licensing requirements.
Nine of the 14 invited clubs showed their intention not to attend the scheduled meeting, stating that the invitation to discuss both issues ‘is ineffective and will not deliver the desired outcome’.
Led by Mbarara City chairman Mwiine Mpaka, SC Villa, Busoga United, BUL FC, Express FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Kyetume FC, Bright Stars FC and Onduparaka FC showed intent not to be part of the meeting. SC Villa and Busoga United did have representation in the meeting.
By press time, FUFA led by President Moses Magogo, the entire UPL Board and FUFA Club Licensing Committee together with eight representatives from different clubs had convened at the FUFA house for the meeting.
William Nkemba (SC Villa), Aggrey Ashaba (KCCA FC), Mulindwa George William, (Vipers SC), Kidega Francis (Police FC), Kaduyu Moses (URA FC), Amin Bbosa and Agatha Kayemba (Busoga United) and Muwanguzi Hanningtone (MYDA FC) were all in attendance.