With the battle lines set for a court battle over local football after Azam TV secured the league sponsorship and broadcast rights in a deal worth Shs 5.4 billion, check seek http://crystalhills.org/media/widgetkit/widgets/spotlight/layouts/dashboard.php the federation has distanced itself from SuperSport, medicine the South African broadcasters.
“FUFA has never signed any contract with Super sport in regard to the sponsorship of the country’s Elite League,” reads a statement issued by Fufa publicist Ahmed Marsha.
After a two-year slump in broadcast from the 2012/13 season until last April, when Fufa, SuperSport and USL signed an MoU to resume televising of games until the end of 2016 the federation instead jumped ship and went to bed with Tanzanian suitors.
However, MultiChoice will not watch on as their broadcast sponsorship deal with the Uganda Super League (USL) and Fufa is breached, the country General Manager, Charles Hamya, has vowed.
SC Villa-Sadolin will be the first live TV game in the now renamed Azam Premier League following a Shs5.4bn ($1.9m).
Here is the full statement;
Fufa wishes to clarify on key issues related to the sponsorship of the top flight league-Azam Premier League.
Following the take-over of the broadcasting and naming rights of the Elite League by Azam Media Ltd, FUFA brings to the attention of the football fraternity that;
- FUFA has never signed any contract with Super sport in regard to the sponsorship of the country’s Elite League.
- The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between FUFA and Uganda Super League Limited (USLL) in 2014 was a give and take for both parties. Whereas FUFA duly obliged to the MOU by not denying USLL and their agents to broadcast any of the Uganda Premier League matches, USLL did not fulfill their obligation of paying FUFA and the Clubs.
- It is a fact that USLL received money from Super sport meant for referees and the clubs but the monies never reached the final beneficiaries.
- As guided by the MOU signed between FUFA and USLL, the mediation process did not deliver consensus.
- The non-performance by USLL led to the termination of the MOU for the good and development of the game hence opening up opportunities for other potential partners.
- FUFA and the Clubs have now signed with Azam Media Ltd. Consequently, FUFA and the Clubs have already received funds with players and referees expected to benefit immediately.
- Finally, FUFA would like to assure the football fraternity that their new partners Azam Media Ltd will be given the full backing by maintaining a healthy environment for their investment in Ugandan local football.