Chairman Joel A’ita Jaffer: Professionalize Big League, Premier League will have strong teams

Joel Aita Jaffer

Arua Hill SC Chairman Eng. Joel A’ita Jaffer has advised FUFA to Professionalize Big League in order to have strong Premier League teams.

Eng. A’ita made the recommendation during the third Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) – Uganda Premier League (UPL) breakfast meeting which was convened at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday August 8, 2021.

“The Big League needs to be professionalized if we are to achieve the desire of having strong teams in the Uganda Premier League,” Eng. A’ita said.

“This is possible and one of the ways  is if the Federation can reign on some few errant referees in the Big League.” He added.

Chairman also echoed the need for clubs to embrace the business bit of football so as to survive in tough times. In his own words he said;

“As we enjoy the fun football provides, we need to look at football as a business. Clubs need to have various sources of business from which they can get facilitation and  survival in tough times.”

The meeting also had FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and the Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic in attendance.

President Magogo shared his vision for every Ugandan child to kick the ball as he also outlined his mutual idea on professionalizing the game.

“As we look at the future; we want to score a hat-trick – Making a professional league, every child born in the country must have a chance to kick a ball (mass football),” he said before adding, “And seeing success for Ugandan players in their respective clubs and on the national team.”

“We must package well our football because football money comes from television since the money from rich-men and FUFA is limited,” he continued.

“We are at our strongest as football in terms of the people, technology and the conducive environment. It is not the time for fighting because UPL needs very strong clubs.” President Magogo  concluded.

Whereas the national team head coach Micho firmly proclaimed the World Cup dream is achievable.

“I am a member of this football institution of UPL. Let us all have open cooperation. The technical part will follow all your work. The FIFA World Cup dream is a realistic journey.” Micho said.

Other FUFA big cheeses that also attended included, third FUFA Vice President, Owek. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, FUFA Executive Committee member Hamid “Midi” Juma, Chris Kalibala, UPL Board Member Guy Kawuma, UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani, UPL Chairman Arinaitwe Rugyendo.