New Fufa administration must be commended for good start
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
When then a still eligible Lawrence Mulindwa announced he was standing down and not seeking re-election as FUFA president the entire football fraternity let out a mixed emotion gasp of disbelief and relief.
The declaration then kicked off a scramble for succession which eventually fizzled out after it became apparent that some very simple but effective technical barriers had been put in place to ensure only one man was eligible.
And as it turned that man was Moses Magogo - Vice president, member of the executive for eight straight years, owner of a football club and part of the inner circle of the so-called ‘football family’.
He was to be approved un-opposed as President on August 31 after other contenders either allied or withdrew. Coming from a country of 35 million people this was clearly an anointment.
For all intents and purposes then Moses Magogo was the chosen one, and many say as a puppet in place to ensure continuity and to protect the legacy of Lawrence Mulindwa.
In fact some conspiracy theorists believed this to be a scheme in which Moses Magogo would lead an administration deliberately set up to fail and eventually appeal for Lawrence Mulindwa’s return and salvation at some stage in the not so distant future in which the heat from investigations into regime financial mismanagement had dissipated.
But now after 90 days that appeal is yet to come and despite claims that Lawrence Mulindwa still maintains considerable influence in the new administration nothing suggests he’s anything more than honorary life president. Instead emerging from his shadow with a vice-like grip on power is Moses Magogo whose years of experience in the machinations of football administration must be invaluable.
It’s obvious he used this experience to devastating effect in moving fast to ‘resolve’ the longest running feud in local football Administration. There is still no official communication from FUFA but tales of a mutually beneficial deal between both them and USL have been doing the rounds for weeks.
In fact the existing silence maintained by both parties after five years of incessant public bickering actually lends credence to the rumours.
Furthermore and as was revealed early this week the Magogo administration has overseen the successful negotiation for a new sponsorship deal for The Cranes by Airtel after the MTN deal run its course. What this deal does to his administration cannot be under estimated. It puts him across as leader of a competent team capable of taking care of business and lends him badly need credibility capital.
It must be noted even then that the overall problems of governance are far from over and an unflattering pronouncement on FUFA’s contestable legitimacy is supposedly looming on the horizon.
The federation is also dead- broke and as if that wasn’t bad enough the completely futile exercise of the twin-leagues continues to baffle everyone and make a fool of the new Administration.
Still this new administration has demonstrated the drive to solve its immediate and strategic challenges by engaging USL and negotiating new corporate partnerships.
To that extent they appear to be up to the task and August seems like a long time ago. Not bad for an administration that took office amidst suggestions that they wouldn’t survive the first month.
Magogo in charge