Henry Mayeku has very much been part of URA’s success since the club earned topflight league promotion in 2001. He was the club’s secretary general during their most successful spell in which they won four league titles in six years from 2006-2011.
Since then, the club has somewhat stagnated over the years with their last trophy coming in the shape of the Uganda Cup back in 2014. There has similarly been little progress off the pitch with little heard of the club’s proposed 25,000-seater stadium in Bugema that was inaugurated in 2014.
The latter is particularly what Mayeku will hope to get moving after he was officially unveiled as the club’s CEO at the URA offices in Nakawa on Wednesday evening.
“We want the senior team to start training in Bugema by the end of this season while we also expect the Under-17 to use the ground this season. Hopefully the senior team can then start using it by the end of next season,” he said at the function.
This will not be the first time similar pledges are made with previous club chairman Ali Sekatawa promising to oversee the building process as well as improving the club’s visibility after winning his second term in 2016. Incidentally, he defeated current club chairman James Kizza who was fronted by Mayeku a move that saw the latter thrown out of the executive.
But with the club’s mother body URA having completed building of their state of the art headquarters in Nakawa last year, it is believed funds could now be available to meet more of the club’s needs.
“We strongly believe Henry is going to steer the club to another level of not only competing locally but also on the continent. With his professionalism and passion for football we can only hope for nothing but to become the model club in Uganda and on the continent,” Kizza said reassuringly to Mayeku who was given a one-year renewable contract.
“From the person, I previously worked with, Mayeku’s contract is as good as renewed so that shouldn’t be a huge hindrance. We also want to thank the previous CEO who left behind stronger structures like the club secretariat,” said Kizza.