Bakkabulindi: League Sponsors Anti-Football

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Bakkabulindi lashed out at the sponsors whom he claimed are there to make money and not to develop football. He wondered why the league sponsors were so adamant in sticking with USLL yet FUFA had taken away their mandate to run the league. Adding that football is not a business.

The Minister of Education and Sports in-charge of Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has surprisingly said he is not bothered by the legal aspects of the contracts signed by league sponsors Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), Supersport and Uganda Super League Limited (USLL).

Bakkabulindi lashed out at the sponsors whom he claimed are there to make money and not to develop football. The Minister’s remarks come after a letter written last week by UBL Managing Director, Alasdair Musselwhite, asking FUFA to make clarifications on who will run the league and making it clear that unless there is proof of handover from USLL management to FUFA Super League Limited they will not release money.

In his letter Musselwhite explained that their continued sponsorship of the League will be premised upon an orderly transfer of the duties, rights and obligations of USLL who they originally signed the contract with to the successor FUFA Super League Limited (FSLL) and strict adherence to the rights of the title sponsor (UBL) and broadcast partner Super Sport.

But the Minister said he is not ready to listen to companies interested in only making money.  He wondered why the league sponsors were so adamant in sticking with USLL yet FUFA had taken away their mandate to run the league. Adding that football is not a business.

He said he had received the letter written by UBL since he had been copied in and added that he will talk to the sponsors before the end of the week. When this reporter made it clear to the Minister about the legal implications once the contract is terminated, Bakkabulindi said he is a politician who will look at things in a political manner.

He emphasized that if a country signs a bad contract and it’s later discovered that it’s bad, it must be terminated.

Asked about the 50 million shillings that USLL had already deposited at Namboole Stadium for the league which they hope to start on September 14, Bakkabulindi said he will make a decision before the end of the week.

The Namboole Board sat last Friday and referred the matter to the Minister after agreeing that they would not terminate the contract with USLL because of the legal implications if there is a breach of contract. But Bakkabulindi said he is the appointing authority of the board and therefore knows well how to handle that matter.

When URN tried to contact one of USLL’s directors Fred Muwema, he was not picking his mobile phone. But this development will most likely not please the sponsors of the League.

 

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