FUFA has given over 1600 balls to fourth division football clubs across the country as part of the support to football developments for District Football Associations (DFA). Each club got two balls.
The distribution of balls to all active clubs was done through their Region Football Associations to the District Football Associations.
In the same perspective, FUFA plans to donate up to 5000 balls to clubs in different FUFA sanctioned competitions across the country.
Besides StarTimes Uganda Premier League, the federation oversees FUFA Big League (Second Division), Regional Leagues (Third Division), fourth and fifth division leagues through DFAs.
The Ag. FUFA President Justus Mugisha said that the federation has decided to empower Regional Football Associations and District Football Associations both financially and logistically because football can only be developed from the grassroots.
Chairman of West Nile Region Edoni Brahan Nasur applauded FUFA for the gesture as the exercise empowers them to improve football development in line with FUFA’s Vision to be the number one football Nation in Africa on and off the field.
“The distribution of the balls is timely for clubs to start preparations for the new season. Some of the clubs here did not even have a ball to train with for the new season. We thank FUFA for this great gesture towards football development. This support will really make a difference,” said Edoni.
North East Region chairman Odong John agrees with his colleague saying that many clubs in Karamoja that take part in region football competitions are excited with the donation FUFA has made. Such contribution had never happened in the area.
The balls were distributed depending on the number of football clubs in a district that played in the FUFA fourth division league last season.
“The clubs now see returns of their contribution to FUFA activities. Instead of paying for licenses and buying your own balls to play with, it is a way of FUFA paying back,” noted Kitara Region Football Association Chairman Ayebale James.