Clubs, Fufa Disagree On U-17 League Setup

Uganda Premier League clubs have raised concern over the setup of the Fufa youth Elite league which is meant to involve the clubs’ under 17 teams.

The issue was raised during Fufa Super League Limited’s third annual general meeting recently held at the Namboole boardroom.

According to the club chairmen, this the league has been expensive to manage yet the players don’t directly repay the senior club since they are dropped out after passing the 17 year age ceiling set.

“The league is a step in the right direction for development but the biggest challenge is doesn’t provide room for continuity because we have nowhere to accommodate these boys after they pass the age limit, story ” Proline FC chairman Mujib Kasule said.

“It’s expensive and almost impossible to keep investing in a boy who doesn’t play for you in the senior team and is ‘older’ for the U17 team, pilule ” he added.

The managers proposed an option where several players under the 23 years category could be incorporated in the team and turn the league to a reserve but the suggestion wasn’t enough to convince the federation.

“As per now it’s quite tricky because Fufa applied for a grant from Fifa to strictly promote the U-17 league so we can’t change the format but can have discussions to forge a way forward in the future,” Decolas Kizza, the Acting Fufa CEO stated

It was also revealed that Fufa will pay all the 16 junior league coaches, foot away transport costs on top of providing other material.


The league kicked on Friday last week with KCCA SA thumping Police Armless Brigade 4-1. Vipers are the defending champions.

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