Women Football: Clubs Forced To Swallow Bitter Pill Of “Take Flight” Project

Asubo-Gafford Ladies is one of the demoted clubs to second tier (division)

The football governing body in Uganda, FUFA have decided to restructure the women football system through a project termed as Take Flight.

According to Fufa the two year term project that will be under the management of ‘active’ national team (Crested Cranes) and Crystal Palace defender Jean Sseninde is eyeing women football especially the Elite league and Regional leagues developing and start generating its own funds.

For the idea to come into existence, Jean Sseninde and FUFA held a one day Symposium and among the discussed issues that hit women football fraternity with surprise is the abrupt introduction of new league format that is immediately to start this coming season 2019/20.

After the symposium, Fufa decided to introduce a top-flight league that shall comprise of eight teams, the second tier division (Elite league two) that will have 12 teams and the tier three that will have Regional leagues, this did not go well with women football stakeholders, claimed that Fufa Excom making changes without consulting them, it was a total disrespect to them especially the club owners.

Asubo-Gafford Ladies manager, Henry Barungi

Uganda Women Football Association (UWFA) was forced to hold an urgent meeting with club CEOs and chairpersons on Tuesday at special interest groups head offices in Lungujja and the club officials attended in good number with hope of maybe a change of project to start next season 2020/21 but to their dismay, the meeting was only to tell them what the FUFA Excom decided.

The meeting that allowed no media personnel, was a hit up and exchange of strong words in dissatisfaction of what fufa decided  minus engaging them.

We are not against the project but why are they in this rush, they never informed us about the changes before, we have been in training, signing players knowing we going to feature in top-flight but now they are introducing to us a thing we are not formally away of.

This is surely a total disrespect to us, they are taking us as useless people” some of Club CEOs fume after the meeting.

UCU Lady Cardinals, defending champions

According to reports from the meeting held at 3pm to 5pm at Lungujja, the biggest percentage of the club CEOs and chairpersons was against the early implementation of the project as one of the CEOs explain to Nim Sport.

Almost all of us were against the abrupt changes, because they never took our side, they are making us to swallow a bitter Pil, that we are not ready for

According to Margret Kubingi, the association chairperson, FUFA will financially help these clubs but clubs still not certain with it, because they don’t trust fufa when it comes to money.

Yes they told us that Fufa will give a financial hand to clubs, but when we asked them how much, they don’t have answer, and we don’t trust fufa when it comes to money issues, because even the prize money, some clubs are yet to receive it, now how can you convince us that they will fullfil this?” Nim Sport heard CEOs conversing while in corridors.

The previous five editions of  Elite league, there were 16 clubs making two groups (Victoria’s and Elizabeth) of eight teams each, but with this new formation, the top four clubs from each group according to last season standings will make the Super league of eight teams, then the remaining eight will be dropped to second tier (Big league) plus the promoted four clubs from Regional leagues to make a league of twelve teams.

However, there is a possibility of having second tier with sixteen teams but with two groups.

How?

The demoted eight from top flight will be added to the promoted four from Regional leagues and then FUFA add more four teams, according to what they will decide and make sixteen teams in second tier.

Clubs to be in Super league:

Kawempe Muslim,UCU Lady Cardinals, Olila High, Kampala Queens,Lady Doves, She Corporates, Uganda Martyrs High Lubaga, Muteesa I Royal.

Clubs in second tier (Big league/Elite league two)

Asubo-Gafford Ladies,Ajax Queens,Rines SS, Dynamic SS Jjeza,Isra Soccer Academy, Makerere University,Bugiri Town View,Lango Queens, She Maroons, Tooro Queens,Amuria High, Vision FC.

 

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