Gulu District Plans Takeover of Relegated Gulu United FC

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Douglas Peter Okello, the speaker of Gulu district council Joe Wacha

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Peter Douglas Okello, the Gulu district local council speaker says they are currently involved in negotiations with the leadership of the team to agree on terms before the district could assume management of the club.

Fans of Gulu United Football Club may soon have reasons to smile again at the prospect of the team’s come back from abyss.

The team, which returned to the super league in 2010 after 11 years of battling insecurity and financial setbacks, failed to maintain its place and was relegated to the Big League where it earned a suspension after failing to honour several of its fixtures.

The team’s problems, which included poor management and finance constraints, were also responsible for the loss of its manager, Leo Adraa to Fire Masters at the beginning of the season last year. Despite the gloomy situation, the district local government has resolved to step in and take over the management and financing of the club.

Peter Douglas Okello, the Gulu district local council speaker says they are currently involved in negotiations with the leadership of the team to agree on terms before the district could assume management of the club.

He explained that the district is interested in reviving its sporting glory, which it hopes to do through ensuring Gulu United returns to competitive football. Okello adds that the support would not stop with Gulu United FC but be extended to other categories of sports across the district.

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Patrick Ogwel, the FUFA vice president in charge of youth says it is unfortunate that most local governments had withheld support to football and other sporting activities. He said in the past, sports shone due to the support from the local governments that always allocated part of the graduated tax money to finance sporting activities, a thing that appears to have ended with the scrapping of the tax.

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Ogwel, however, cautions the leadership of the football club to struggle to strengthen their capacity to support the players and the personnel to ensure they remain relevant. He advises clubs to lobby for partnership and sponsorship from corporate bodies and other institutions to ensure they meet the demands posed by the sports.

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Currently, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations—FUFA through the Super League Committee requires football clubs to provide adequate information on their capacity such as infrastructure, personnel, ownership structure and secretariat at the time of registration as part of strengthening football management in the country. The benchmarks are part of the conditions set by the world football governing body, FIFA for national federations registering football clubs.

 

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