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The minister of Education and Sports, Hon Jessica Alupo, promised to give her verdict on which league in Uganda is or isn’t legal while addressing the press at Media Centre.
The year is ending and nothing like a verdict from the minister has been released.
This has prompted some media houses to boycott reporting anything about FUFA Super League, the only league now.
Lawrence Mulindwa, after governing Uganda’s football for eight years without taking Uganda to the ‘promised land’ of African Nations Cup as he had promised, stepped down vowing not to stand for the third term.
This brought Moses Magogo who acquired the Federation’s leadership in August from Jinja where Mulindwa chaired the Federation’s assembly for the last time as president.
From the board room, the Federation’s executive sacked Bobby Williamson, the then Cranes coach, after Cranes lost to Liberia 2-0 in the 2014 Brazil World cup qualifiers.
Bobby got a job in Kenya joining Gor Mahia which he helped to lift the Kenyan Premier League.
Bobby was not the only victim of under-performing this year since coaches like Jackson Mayanja (Cranes assistant), Alex Isabirye (URA and SC Victoria University, Sam Simbwa, Abu Kugenyi, Steven Bogere, Ivan Zoric (Sc Victoria University ), Ambrose Chukuma (Vipers), George Ssemwogerere, James Magala (Kira young) have all been shown exits from their respective clubs.
As a matter of fact, of all the above coaches; Sam Simbwa, Steven Bogere and Jackson Mayanja are the only tacticians who managed to be employed somewhere else.
Sam Ssimbwa, Jackson Mayanja and Steven Bogere are with Police (Rwanda), Kagera (Tanzania) and Sc Villa, respectively.
It has also been from the board room that all the three clubs (Victors, Aroma Roses and Water) were relegated to Big League from Super League.
If they are to come back, it means that they will have to struggle for five years without playing in the same division for another year.
At the pitch, Uganda hasn’t been represented so decently in all the continental engagements as URA who represented Uganda in CAF Champions League were eliminated by Cameroon giants Cotton sport in penalty shoot-outs (4-3).
Cameroon cotton giants celebrating after eliminating URA at Namboole
However, Express FC that was to represent Uganda initially opted not to register citing a lack of funds to facilitate the team.
After decent show-ups against Liberia and Angola in the 2014 World Brazil World cup qualifiers, Uganda failed to lead the table and the dream of qualifying was lost just like that.
Well, save for the disappointments, all eyes are now glued on African Cup of Nations qualifiers that will kick off in September next year.
Magogo is expected to help Uganda in one way or the other to qualify for AFCON.
It would be unfair to say it was a hopeless year all through.
The fact that Ibrahim Ssekajja, the former Cranes skipper, now plays for Major League soccer giants New York Redbulls in U.S is a great achievement.
This is a big dream for everyone playing football in Uganda.
Tonny Mawejje crossed from Iceland to Norway which he termed as “a big deal” and will be officially joining them next year.
SC Victoria University winning their maiden major trophy in Uganda cup is not an achievement too under-look although the coach (Alex Isabirye) who helped them to win it, was later fired.
Uganda Cranes at last qualified for the major CHAN tournament.
Come next year: Will FUFA Super League ensure sponsorship or not?
Will Uganda deliver in the CHAN championship due to take place in January in South Africa?
The last time Uganda took part, the Cranes were eliminated from the group stages.
CECAFA is still going on, what will be Uganda’s performance next year?
Will the minister of Education and Sports settle the wrangles in football next year?
With top and famous clubs performing poorly in the FUFA Super League, who will be crowned champion mid next year?
Vipers are leading the table now with 29 points.
After only six months as Cranes head coach, Micho has summoned more than 100 players.
How many will he have summoned next year?
What will be the performance of Ugandan clubs in the continental championships (CAF champions League where KCC will represent the country as well as SC Victoria University who will take part in CAF confederations cup)?
The National Post Primary Championship commonly known as Copa coca cola will be on, then after winning this trophy for the third time in row, will St Mary’s Kitende do it for the first time in history to lift it for the fourth time in row?
St Marys Kitende after being crowned champions of copa coca cola for the third time in row