VICENT KAKOOZA: What Fufa Could Have Forgotten about Project 2019

Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito is half Vietnamese by the look of things. The former Gor Mahia (Kenya) midfielder, viagra Kizito – who has featured all but a few Uganda Cranes games under Micho – is back in Vietnam now with topflight side Quang Ninh.

Ninh is second on the table in the Vietnamese Premier League.

Kizito, page helped Kenyan champions Gor defend their title last season joining from another Vietnamese club Saigon Xuan Thanh on a one year contract and immediately after the season requested for a release to go and make more money.

The Jinja native has already featured in six league matches for the side. Kizito who dons jersey number 9 at the club has previous played for Villa and Express in Uganda.

Last year the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) announced their master plan that will see Uganda qualify for Africa’s premier tournament AFCON come 2019.

The usual song after every end of an Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign – going back to the drawing board.  But this one is not a few months like usually but a ‘long’ five years if Uganda was Ivory Coast.

The local soccer governing body says project ‘Cameroon 2019’ is good enough for Uganda to prepare a team that will break the qualifying jinx that has stood for over 37 years.

But Fufa and other football stakeholders ought to know that success in sport more so football is a long and strategic plan that can’t materialize in just five years.


In a country like Uganda where there are no proper club football structures, this equally disorganized Fufa should first help (sic) clubs organized set up proper structures. In Uganda, page there are few if any clubs basing on their day to day running of business. What we have are just teams only that the number exceeds the first 11 players. A club must have structures say under aged teams, pharm board members, a secretariat and atleast a locality.

It’s common knowledge Moses Magogo and Fufa don’t own players thus it is important that it takes sure that clubs that those own players are run in a proper manner.

Fufa insists the national Under 17 boys are the foundation on which to build a national team for Cameroon 2019 but the big question remains; where will these players be churned for proper and successful development. By pulling out of the Under 20 qualifiers and withdrawing the women’s national team from continental qualifiers, claiming they want to concentrate only on the U17s, was the worst sign.

After the failed 2012 campaign, the then Fufa president, Lawrence Mulindwa, talked of a stakeholders’ symposium to forge a way forward. He quit without holding it.

In a ‘catch 22’ situation, Fufa last December organized a football stakeholder symposium at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. Like expected only three notable former Cranes players were allowed to speak but not for long enough to suggest a way forward. Only Magogo-learning speakers got enough speech time.

Unless Uganda gets its house in order, personally i think we are not going anywhere.

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