The President of football governing body, Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Eng Moses Magogo, has described 2018 as a generally success story on the side of football in the country.
He was delivering his end of year message on Thursday at FUFA house in Mengo Kampala.
Magogo said that despite several challenges the Federation has faced in 2018, the successes have surpassed them, thanking the government for increased funding to the game of football.
“The year 2018 has been a success story largely for FUFA. There have been great strides made with a couple of outstanding achievements on our side and the industry. We are writing our own story. Advocacy to pull everyone, make the FUFA Institution better,” he said.
He said that the activities by FUFA have multiplied in 2018 as well as improving on the resources from FIFA, CAF and sponsors.
He revealed that as the football association, they have a strategy to improve relationships with various stakeholders like cultural leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, celebrities, adding that they have undertaken the football activities by creating competitions.
On the side of the achievements, Magogo said that government in 2018 put in place a budget line up to a tune of Shs 10 billion for the Uganda Cranes. Part of this money has been used to run and fund other National teams and FUFA Programmes.
He said Uganda’s qualification for the second back to back AFCON final tournament, shouldn’t be go unmentioned, saying it signalled development of the game in the country.
This year, Uganda won the bid to host the AFCON Beach soccer 2020 Finals, something Magogo says ranks the country high in terms of being recognised by the outside world.
He also said nominating Cranes’ Captain Denis Onyango and Uganda Cranes as the goal keeper of the year and team of the year in Africa respectively were the other remarkable achievements in this year.
Meanwhile, Magogo said that People thinking about the game in an amateur setting without packaging before selling it to the masses as well as losing to South Sudan in the CAF U-23 qualifiers being some of the greatest challenges in 2018.