Arua Hill Sports Club Chairman Eng. Joel A’ita Jaffer says that the Uganda Premier League will have strong teams if the second tier division, FUFA Big League is professionalized.
While speaking at the third Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) – Uganda Premier League (UPL) breakfast meeting which was held at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday August 8, 2021, A’ita noted that professionalizing the Big League will benefit the Premier League.
“The Big League needs to be professionalized if we are to achieve the desire of having strong teams in the Uganda Premier League,” Eng. A’ita said as per Arua Hill SC website.
“This is possible and one of the ways is if the Federation can reign on some few errant referees in the Big League.” He added.
A’ita also echoed the need for clubs to embrace the business bit of football so as to survive in tough times. In his own words he said;
“As we enjoy the fun football provides, we need to look at football as a business. Clubs need to have various sources of business from which they can get facilitation and survival in tough times.”
The meeting also had FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and the Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic in attendance.
President Magogo shared his vision for every Ugandan child to kick the ball as he also outlined his mutual idea on professionalizing the game.
“As we look at the future; we want to score a hat-trick – Making a professional league, every child born in the country must have a chance to kick a ball (mass football),” he said before adding, “And seeing success for Ugandan players in their respective clubs and on the national team.”
“We must package well our football because football money comes from television since the money from rich-men and FUFA is limited,” he continued.
“We are at our strongest as football in terms of the people, technology and the conducive environment. It is not the time for fighting because UPL needs very strong clubs.” President Magogo concluded.
Other FUFA officials who attended the meeting included, Third FUFA Vice President, Owek. Florence Nakiwala Kiying, FUFA Executive Committee member Hamid “Midi” Juma, Chris Kalibala, UPL Board Member Guy Kawuma, UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani, UPL Chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo.
Arua Hill recently got promoted to the Uganda Premier League after investing a lot when they were in the Big League. They are now one of the teams to be looked out for in the top tier division once the 2021/22 football season kicks off.