FIFA: We could have suspended Uganda over Kabenge

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Corvaro told URN in an exclusive interview at the Golf Course Hotel that they decided as Fifa to handle the Kabenge case with some sympathy.

Primo Corvaro, the head of member Associations at the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) says Uganda was lucky to survive suspension for failing to control Julius Kabenge, the suspended Chairman of the Uganda Super League Limited (USLL). Corvaro told URN in an exclusive interview at the Golf Course Hotel that they decided as Fifa to handle the Kabenge case with some sympathy.


He says FIFA decided to wait and see what happens. Corvaro says that they have been following developments in Uganda and found it strange that Kabenge and the USLL Chief Executive Officer Ebil Ssegawa are still involved in football matters despite being suspended by the local football federation. FUFA slapped an 11 and 1 year ban on Kabenge and Ssegawa respectively for taking decision outside football rules.

But the two officials defied the ban and are actively involved in USLL matters including signing letters on behalf of the League organizing body. Interestingly, the officials were on Wednesday invited by the FIFA officials for a meeting with all stakeholders after FUFA refused to invite them.
 
Carvaro explained that they decided to invite the duo although they are suspended so that they get first hand information. He explains that the duo could serve their bans but remain important stakeholders in Ugandan football, adding that it was wise to have them attend the constitutional reform meeting with everyone.

The Fifa official said he does not think Kabenge will be Chairman of USLL again because he is not a chairman of any club. He also revealed that he is happier this time round because they have elaborated a lot on the new constitution and also talked to almost all stakeholders.

//Cue in: It shouldn’t happen…

Cue out; with Kabenge issue,”//

It was also disclosed that FUFA and USLL on Wednesday also set up a joint committee to carry out a constitution review for the League organizing body. The Committee has Mike Orua (KCC), Tadius Kitandwa (Bunnamwya), Dan Kyobe (Water), Anthony Kimuli (Entebbe Young), Moses Magogo (Fufa), Mujib Kasule (Fufa) and Patrick Ogwel (Fufa).