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Jjunju Hamzah: FUFA’s proposed reforms a blessing in disguise

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FUFA introduced reforms that they think will bring about a change in local Football competitions. However, there has been continuous debate amongst many stakeholders who are still struggling to come to terms with the changes.

The Touchline Sports has since been on a drive to understand how football stakeholders perceive the move.

Over the past few days, we have been trying to find out what the different stakeholders make of these reforms. This week, we caught up with the Jjunja Hamzah, the Futsal Association Uganda (FUFA) Chairman and Express FC CEO to find out what his views about the reforms are.

Jjunju Hamzah, one of the longest-serving football administrators believes the reforms will have a positive impact once implemented.

If these reforms come with better commercial value, then it is best way to go.

He said.

Jjunju believes the commercial value reflected by the reforms can help teams develop better branding, infrastructure, Sports science, and technology.

These reforms are key for top-flight clubs to attract more monies to as to be able to build themselves beyond the pitch.

He said.

He also expects the new reforms to give each topflight club a chance to have a complete cycle for developing its own players.

If a team can have an U17 team, the U20[reserve team] and senior team, it gives ample time for a club to build its players.

The new reforms, if effected, will have all StarTimes Uganda Premier League clubs register U20 teams to play in the reserve league. However, it will be up to them to maintain or let go of the U17s.

Asked whether his Club, Express FC, will maintain their U17 team, Jjunju says;

It’s not out of our plan. Express FC Junior Team will play under the Kampala region next season.

He was also positive his club, Express FC can survive the cut with the league expected to be trimmed to 12-teams;

Yes why not? We are improving season per season and we shall survive the cut when the 12 team league starts.
The soft-spoken Jjunju described the reforms as a blessing to Ugandan football
Majority dont believe in them but they are likely to yield the best results.

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