Former EALA Speaker to Lead FUFA’s Commission of Inquiry
By Olweny Bernard
Former East African Legislative Assembly(EALA) Speaker Hon. Dan Fred Kidega is set to lead the FUFA Commission of Inquiry on the conduct of referees and football administrators in relation to match fixing.
Hon. Dan Fred will lead a team of five eminent personalities. He will be deputized by Mr. Zirabamuzale B. Muzafaru, a Police Officer. The members of the committee are: Mr. Mutenyo Keneddy, Ms. Nakamya Annet and Hon. Kasibante Moses.
At the start of the season, football fans all over the country prayed for a competitive league and until the poor decisions from the referees’ decisions making body, clubs and fans actions made the football fraternity doubt the integrity of the game.
A case in point is Sc Villa that paid the price of fans hooliganism at St Mary’s Kitende by having her 2 points and 2 goals deducted in a boardroom decision even after losing their match to the home side (Vipers).
This is when complains against referees started which to an extent most likely will in one way or another will determine who wins the league and survives relegation. Mbarara city has benefitted the most with penalties awarded as the season went on. Fufa big league and other lower leagues did not survive the cancer of referees’ pre-determined match decisions.
Mistrust on the persons of referees developed and this has forced the federation (FUFA) to form a commission of inquiry to look at match official allegation.
Uganda football league season for 2017/18 is ending and some teams are no longer under pressure, there are others who are still having sleepless nights.
In the Azam Uganda premier league, title fight most likely will go down to the wire between defending champion, KCCA FC with a game at hand and vipers SC as the two main protagonist.
SC villa having led the table for most of the season have a very slim chance with two games remaining like vipers and will have to pray she wins all her two games while her rivals falters.
In the relegation fight, mathematically, Proline and express fc who together with Masavu fc are in the red zone and can still survive provided results go their way. UPDF fc and Soana still have to do much more to avoid relegation.
The question on every ones lip is; will this commission deliver just in a month’s time frame? Also, will the outcome be accepted by all parties and implementation is undertaken for the good of the game? Will it have any bearing on the outcome of the leagues? Won’t the integrity of the league be affected if the findings turn out negative? And last but not least, will the federation be willing to implement recommendations of the commission to the dot even if it means a club has to return awards or relegated to the lower league?
All the above questions will be answered when the commission’s work is done in a months’ time. In the meantime, some important decisions will have to be made as Azam TV paves way to Sports Broadcasting Ltd who still do not have any television channel in a 10 billion shillings sponsorship of local domestic football by the federation.