Amid the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA) staged its 14e Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the FUFA Special Interest Group (SIG) House in Lungujja, Kampala on Saturday 10e July 2021.
The majority of members followed the proceedings of the AGM carefully via ZOOM to limit the number of people at the SIG House due to social distancing as a means of mitigating the spread of Coronavirus.
New President Roberts Kiwanuka officially received the instruments of power from outgoing leader John Bosco Masiko.
These included the constitution of the UYFA, the official seal, portraits and other documentation.
Among the day’s deliberations were the approval of next year’s activity report, the budget estimate, the official handover, the appointment of new members of the executive committee and support committees, the admission of new members, among other aspects.
Kiwanuka alluded to the new developments aimed at boosting the growth of youth football in Uganda as the national academy league, improving player welfare, community empowerment, increased media and other coverage.
“We don’t want any football group or academy to be left out of the box,” Kiwanuka hinted.
I plan to launch several task forces for youth leagues, improve youth football standards, improve competitions at all levels, increase media coverage and brand image of UYFA to attract more partners, to improve player welfare (food, health, education), to empower communities that raise better footballers, to improve membership by offering membership benefits, the introduction of the league and the Academy Championship (Uganda Academy League).
Roberts Kiwanuka, President of Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA)
The main guest, Humphrey Mandu Watenga, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FUFA, described youth football as the treadmill on which the entire football family rests.
Flanked by Swalley Kenyi, the FUFA Member Association Officer, Mandu praised the UYFA administration and all members for holding a general assembly through the ZOOM administration amid the coronavirus pandemic.
I would like to thank the organizers of the AGM. I bring warm greetings from the leadership of FUFA, especially the President of FUFA, Eng. Moses Magogo. The Federation is proud of the organization and the achievement. COVID-19 has hit us all so hard. I thank UYFA for being stable and fast and working in the midst of the pandemic with the online AGM. Youth football is a treadmill concept to develop the beautiful game. As FUFA, we continue to plan and work together for the development of football with priority given to women’s football, among others. I strongly warn against the illegal exodus of players, the illicit transfer of players. Improve player database and better infrastructure. Encourage women to participate in youth football. FUFA will fully support the youth protection policy.
Humphrey Mandu Watenga, Deputy Director General of FUFA
A total of 202,400,000/= has been approved as the total budget estimate for the period 2021-2022.
New members admitted:
The assembly officially admitted new members like; Mbale Kids Soccer Academy, Wakatayi Soccer Academy – Luwero, Jean Sseninde United Soccer Academy, Everton Foundation Uganda Academy – Kawempe, Kona Abicial Sports Academy – Agago, Mbale Sonset Soccer Academy, Friends of Goodwill Soccer Academy – Apaci, Amerigo Youth Soccer Academy – Mbale , Ishaka Ruins Soccer Academy – Ishaka, Fispa – Masaka, Sparrows Sports Club, Kigezi Soccer Academy – Kabale and Youth Environment Services (YES) Academy – Busia
Several academies like Wagagai Warriors, Dalton and Uganda Youth Football Academy (UYFA) have been left on hold for different reasons.
New executive committee:
Kiwanuka is president, supplemented by Morris Otidi and Farouk Kigongo respectively first and second deputy.
Committee members include; Mansoor Kabugo, Gad Batuuse, Peter Sserumaga, Patience Athuhaire and John Michael Erebu
The co-opted members are; Abbey Sssentongo, Francis Mugoya and Warren Akankwasa.
Masiko was awarded the title of Honorary President of UYFA.
The secretariat has Shafik Kigongo retained as its chief executive officer (CEO).
Kennedy Steven Ssekabira is the Deputy Managing Director.
Swaibu Mbuga leads the media committee which also includes Martin Kaddu and Alex Kasirye.
Kaddu is the official spokesperson for the Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA).
Robert Lubega, Joel Muwanguzi and Dennis Namanya are in charge of events.
The football development committee includes Farouk Kigongo, Sharon Acheng, Bashir Mutyaba and Anthony Papira.
Ibra Kakeeto, Peter Sserumaga, Kabugo Mansoor and Moses Mawa are in competition.
Christine Wanyana is in charge of women’s football while Ronald Ssali, Salim Twaha Blanden and Fahad Zzimula are for youth coaches.
Patience Atuhaire, Derrick Lutalo and Jafari Ssenganda are part of the legal committee.
Gad Batuuse, Abbey Ssentongo, Sarah Biriungi and Nafutaali are part of the finance committee.
The Women’s Football Committee includes Yasin Mubiru, Fridah Mabeeri and Betty Mayanja.
Warren Akankwasa, Ronald Alonso and Francis Mugoya sit on the marketing committee.
Faizal Nsubuga, Brian Nsubuga, Robert Tugume and Timothy Gumisiriza are in charge of the young referees.
Ibra Nsereko, Zakaria Mulawa and Isaac Mulywaanyi are in charge of communication.
Destiny Nsubuga, Dorothy Namugenyi and Sergie Maiklish Morshe are part of the futsal committee.
The beach soccer committee includes Shafik Kakooza, Shafic Mudholo and Anthony Tumwesigye.
Ethics, discipline and fair play have Reverend Father Francis Sseguya, Hashim Kato, Faizal Nsubuga, Moses Muze Mawa.
Regional coordinators include Morris Otidi (Lango), Paul Ocheng (Northern), Bernard Owor (Bukedi), Shafik Kakooza (Entebbe Road), Isaac Ogogo (Central), Ibrahim Nsereko (Kawempe), Julius Lubega (Rubaga), Bosco Dudu (West Nile), Ronald Alonso Nuwasiima (Ankole), Jessy Lukoki, among others.
To begin with, UYFA was admitted as a FUFA member at 91st FUFA assembly organized in Soroti.