By: Joel Muyita
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has passed new mandatory amendments to clubs in the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Bernard Ogwel, here the Fufa club licensing committee chairman revealed the new five amendments while addressing the media at the Fufa headquarters in Mengo, cheap Kampala on Wednesday during the weekly press conference.
“In a bid to improve the game from amateur level to a professional level, buy we have come up with new amendments that will be part of the club licensing process,” said Ogwel.
Among the new amendments, each club CEO must be signatory to club accounts. Ogwel revealed that many club chief executive officers who run day to day activities of clubs have no authority over the accounts of the clubs which he said is wrong.
Secondly, all coaches in the AUPL next season must have a minimum of CAF B license. This also caters for the assistant coaches.
The third amendment is that every team playing in the top tier league must have an U17 team with a coach having a minimum of CAF C license.
Another rule set is that every club must have a qualified doctor or physiotherapist registered with Ministry of Health and having a working license.
Lastly, the mandatory club licensing fee per club has been increased from one million, four hundred thousand shillings(1.4M) to six million shillings for clubs in the Premier League.
According to Mr. Ogwel, the deadline for fulfilling the club licensing process has been extended up to July 29th and clubs that will not meet the required measures will pay a fine of two hundred thousand shillings.
Only four clubs out of the sixteen have already complied and met the licensing regulations. The clubs include; KCCA FC, Proline, Police and Soana while Lweza, Bright stars,BUL and The saints have made 50? of the required regulations.