Arua Hill SC Chairman Eng. Joel A’ita Jaffer has revealed club target for the season as the team prepares for the first top flight experience in the 2021/22 Uganda Premier League campaign.
He made the revelation on Wednesday afternoon during the Endiba Yaffe Extra, a sports program that airs in Sanyuka TV.
“The first year is survival mode. Most clubs promoted to the Uganda Premier League often get relegated after one season,” Chairman A’ita revealed.
“So in our first season, we plan to understand and learn the league then the following season or after that we should have the trophy,” he added.
The Leopards qualified to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League for the first time in six years after finishing the season unbeaten, topping the Elgon Group with 30 points and the crowning stroke came when they defeated Rwenzori Group winners Tooro United, 1-0 and emerge champions of the second tier in August.
Chairman A’ita also discussed football development and sustainability in Uganda during the shame show after the program host Martin Kaddu who also works as Uganda Premier League commentator tasked him to explain the plans available that will ensure Arua Hill SC defy the odds and successfully manage the common challenges Ugandan clubs face such as financial, infrastructural amongst others.
“Sports in Uganda is taken as leisure, for us it’s business, trophy is number two,” Chairman A’ita began responding to Kaddu’s query.
“Before acquiring the club, we started building a stadium which construction is now at 70% with 150 show rooms, 4-star hotel, 80 rooms, 30 apartments, doctors plaza,” he continued.
“We sold 60% of the business, we kept 40% for Development Infrastructure which we anticipate will make 5 to 6 billion Uganda Shillings per annum and some of the proceeds will go into funding Arua Hill SC,” A’ita explained further.
“We plan to have other disciplines of sports later after establishing and rooting the football club well. We chose building a football stadium first so as to have a strong football club and change the disastrous experience of West Nile clubs against central clubs,” he added.
“FUFA is supportive when we started the stadium project and the club. The FUFA President Moses Magogo invited me for a discussion and he is impressed because his target is to see infrastructural growth in Ugandan football.” A’ita concluded.