Fufa Women Super League: Lapses In Its Inception

By Irene Deborah Nannyonjo

Governance involves the use of power to direct, control and regulate activities within an organization. One of the principles of good governance is involving stakeholder in issues that affect them.

On September 12, 2019, the Fufa president Eng. Moses Magogo announced that the Federation Executive Committee resolved to start a new competition – the Women Super League – running from November 2019 with participation from the four best placed teams in each group of last season’s Elite League Competition if any met the minimal requirements of the Licensing Board.

I examine the invention with governance lenses.

Inception and Clubs’ Involvement

In his address to the members of the fourth estate on August 12, 2019 at the federation headquarters in Mengo, Eng. Magogo stated that it was a decision of the Executive to invent the women’s super league. The president also noted that in the August 28, 2019 symposium held at Kabira Country Club that convincing consultations were carried out in regard to the same.

A glance at the invitation dated August 15, 2019, which federation CEO, Edgar Watson had endorsed, speaks to the fact that the idea of the league was not clear, neither was it with certainty drawn to the minds and attention of the guests.

It was as closed and silent on the league as it reads. This undermined the time that was given to the clubs’ officials to internalise, consult and debate about the whole idea. More time should have been accorded towards this venture.

It is more of an ambush to introduce the new league at the time when clubs were preparing for the 5th edition of the elite league.

League Management

The Fufa president further noted that the league manager would be Ms Jean Senninde –the CEO Senninde foundation. By this gesture, the federation took it upon itself to decide the manager without involving the clubs –the key stakeholders in this venture. A leaf should have been taken from the Uganda Super League where the clubs take part in election of the members of the board that runs their competition or have them involved in the process of choosing the leadership of the same.

Unrealistic Licensing Measures

Governance pre-supposes setting realistic targets and goals for your stakeholders. Having managed the first four positions in each of the last season’s Elite League competition, lest the spot will be handed to the 5th and or 6th placed teams that pass the second requirement.

This requirement however comes at a time when the male counterparts are still struggling with meeting the licensing requirements; especially the infrastructure and we almost saw this league edition played in Central region before a late clearance of upcountry stadia like Green Light I Arua and St. Paul’s National Major Seminary playground. If the Fufa Club licensing regulations are to be relied on then; they are a mockery as a condition for eligibility to allow a club’s participation in the proposed women super league.

The writer is a lawyer, qualified in sports management; director sports law initiative and assistant General Secretary – Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA.)

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