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State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi has advised national sports federations and associations to consider themselves as a group that needs each other’s support in sports development.

The minister has also urged the sports bodies to avoid internal fights that has so many times taken them to courts of law.

The honorable minister was speaking at a workshop that National Council of Sports (NCS) organized to sensitise the 39 recognized associations/federations in Uganda.

“Consider yourselves as one and create friendships. Work together and support each other. Avoid in fights which you take to courts of law. It takes you backwards. Learn to reconcile or take your matters to your general assemblies," Bakkabulindi urged.

He said that all sports federations and associations need each other’s support grow.

Bakkabulindi also urged the associations to not entirely depend on NCS or government support but rather hustle for themselves and develop self-sustaining projects.

The minister cited FUFA as one of the national sports associations that normally hustles for themselves before seeking external or government hand in their football activities.

He also applauded NCS for bringing all the federations and associations together in workshop for them to learn what government requires from them.

The workshop that also had the federation/association officials air out their challenges in managing sports in Uganda attracted top officials from the ministry of Education and Sports.

The Uganda men’s basketball team, Silverbacks head to Senegal today Tuesday ahead of the FIBA African Basketball Championship starting tomorrow Wednesday.

The FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) is scheduled for September 6 to 18 in Senegal and Tunisia.

The Silverbacks expect to play three games in three days in the group stage.

Uganda Cranes meet Silverbacks in Egypt

Uganda plays Angola on September 8, Central African Republic on September 9 and Morocco on September 10.

The Silverbacks have spent two weeks in Egypt training for the group games of the Championship.

If the Silverbacks manage at least two wins in the group stage in Senegal, they will advance to play in the next stages of the championship in Tunisia.

Silverbacks' Omwony and Cranes volunteer coach Ibrahim Sekagya

To allow the team to compete at the championships, the Basketball governing body FUBA received about sh300m funds from the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni for preparations and the actual competition.

Squad: Stephen Omony, Joseph Ikong, Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech, James Okello, Jonathan Egau, Cyrus Kiviri, Jonah Otim, Sam Ociti, Sam Kalwanyi, A'Darius Pegues and Robinson Odoch.

Coaches: Mande Juruni, Omar Barajab and George Galanopolous

2017 FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket)

Dates: September 8-18

Host Cities: Tunis & Dakar

Group A: Nigeria, DR Congo, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire

Group B: Angola, CAR, Morocco, Uganda

Group C: Tunisia, Guinea, Rwanda, Cameroon

 

Group D: Senegal, Mozambique, Egypt, South Africa

National Council of Sports (NCS) has advised should has National sports associations/federations to strategic development plans.

Onyik said that there is need for the associations/federations to secure partnerships, institutional frameworks, and have clear technical development enhancement programs.

Onyik also advised the associations/federations to first support themselves before they can seek government support.

He was addressing presidents/chairmen and general secretaries of the associations/federations in the country.

Onyik advised some of the national sports associations to stop depending on NCS funding without an effort on their own financial obligations on their respective mandates.

He was today (Friday) speaking at National Council of Sports workshop for national sports federations and associations registered with government held at the Indoor stadium at Lugogo.

Onyik said that NCS expects federations and associations to develop and work with strategic development plans aligned to National Development plans of Uganda and vision 2040.

Below is the chairman Bosco Onyik’s speech verbatim    

SPEECH BY CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SPORTS DURING THE NCS WORKSHOP WITH REGISTERED NATIONAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS IN UGANDA AT MTN ARENA ON 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

The Guest of Honour,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With great pleasure and honor, I wish to warmly welcome you all to this important workshop organized by National Council of Sports [NCS]. I also take this privilege to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf of Council, Staff and on my own behalf to appreciate all your support in the sports development in Uganda over the years.

Mandate of NCS

Distinguished guests, the mandate of NCS are clearly enshrined and outlined in the NCS Act of 1964 and Statutory Instruments No. 38, 2014 [Rules and Regulations] viz: To develop, promote, and control all forms of sports in Uganda in conjunction with all National Sports Associations [N/As].

I wish to inform you that at the present there are 39 recognized and registered National Sports Associations/ Federations with NCS. All these N/As are expected to organize and manage their respective sports disciplines while NCS plays its cardinal role of supervision and as a regulatory authority.

Funding

I wish to observe that Government supports NCS annual budget to the tune of UGX 3.4bn paid in four quarters, while NCS internal revenue stream is appropriately UGX 1bn annually raised through hire of NCS properties and gate collections from hire of sports facilities. Suffice to note that this amount of money is inadequate to support all activities and other programs of NCS. The ideal budget of NCS stands at UGX 80bn hence need for N/As to generate their own income.

It is therefore evident that one of the most critical challenges before us all is to become more proactive and innovative to be able to mobilize financial resources to support various sports activities and development of the sports sub-sector. NCS is optimistic that government of Uganda in the FY 2018/2019 will improve on the annual government subvention to try to augment these funding gaps for the benefit of us all.

PPP PROJECT

NCS has embarked on the re-development of NCS sports complex into a modern state of the art sports complex under the PPP framework. The project main focus is an investment mix that will trickle in sports development in terms of classic sports facilities and also target increased revenue stream for NCS and government of Uganda. These projects will commence soon. This is one of the many strategic direction NCS has embarked on among others.

PAS BILL 2017

Government of Uganda through MoES is in the final bend in fast tracking the PAS 2017 and NCS hope that these efforts once concluded will positively change the legal regime and framework for government funding and overall development which will further a sustainable platform in promoting overall development in the sports sub-sector and economy of Uganda.

Strategic Planning

It is now a policy of Government of Uganda for all Ministries, Department, and Agencies of government (MDAs) to have strategic development plans aligned to National Development plans of Uganda and vision 2040. NCS strongly believe that all NAs should have strategic development plans to help enhance fast-tracking strategic sports development in the various sports disciplines in Uganda. There is need for NAs to have concrete youth structures, create partnerships, strong institutional frameworks, and clear technical development enhancement programs among others to enable Uganda achieve its major objectives in the sports sub sector overall development. NCS support to NAs shall be guided by strategic investment, planning as benchmarking best practices of government.

Global Challenges of Sports Federations

World sports are faced with a difficult challenge of reconciling the traditional values of sports with growing commercial interests such as Television and sponsorship. NCS implores all NAs not to be victims of their own successes but should keep pace with Government in terms of legal, economic and political environment before they act by signing binding agreements which may be contested with serious consequences. The autonomy of NAs and the government role should be appreciated within the institutional and legal regime of government of Uganda.

Good Governance

The statement of ‘Good Governance’ of NAs should be upheld as the hallmark of best practice. NAs should adhere to principles of good governance in the running of their activities. Sports are based on ethics and fair competition and therefore the governance of NAs should fulfil the highest standards in terms of transparency, democracy [elective practices] and accountability. NCS is confident that respecting these standards will be for the benefit of sports and NAs. They will also help to prevent outside intervention and also strengthen NCS mandatory role of supervision and as a regulatory organ of government to the benefit of all stakeholders mainly clubs, athletes and sportsmen and women must remain our ‘core business’.

Conclusion

I would like to sincerely thank the Guest of Honor, the Ministry of Education officials, NCS staff and all NAs for their concerted efforts to build capacity in our sports setting to improve capacity in sports administration and development in Uganda through participating in this workshop. These efforts and open debates will improve our experiences and promote good governance practices and make all of us embrace sports as a business and part of our everyday life and enable Uganda attain its National Development Plans.

Lastly, I implore all NAs to comply with the policy framework, guidelines, rationale, and development tools attained in this workshop to enhance and further more effective and efficient service delivery in the sports sub-sector in Uganda.

I thank you all.

“FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY”

Mr. Bosco Onyik

CHAIRMAN, NCS

Uganda Cranes will play Egypt in a second match of their back-to-back World Cup qualifier in Alexandria city, Tuesday.

Uganda beat Egypt in the first leg 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole last Thursday and goal scorer Emmanuel Okwi is optimistic the team will finish to job in the return leg on Tuesday.

Uganda Cranes Interim coach Moses Basena has travelled with a 20man squad to do the job on Tuesday night.

Final Squad in Egypt has Denis Onyango, Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.

The officials are FUFA President-Eng. Moses Magogo L.O.D-Hamid Juma-Executive Committee Member Technical: Moses Basena, Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Ibrahim Sekagya Medical Team: Dr. Ronald Kisolo, Ivan Ssewanyana (Physiotherapist) Muyinda Crispus-Team Coordinator Ahmed Hussein-Communications Manager, Abu Zikusooka-102.1 FUFA fm, Tabu Santos, Deo Mutabazi, Sumaya Kiwanuka.

Uganda Cranes midfielders Tony Mawejje and Godfrey ‘Baba’ Kizito are back on the Uganda Cranes squad that is due to start preparing for the World Cup qualifier against Ghana Black Stars.

The two players have been out of the Uganda Cranes since after the Africa Nations Cup in Gabon but interim coach Moses Basena named the two among 35 players due to start preparations.

Uganda Cranes who start training on Wednesday next week plays Ghana at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on October 7.

The Cranes tour Northern Uganda town of Lira on September 30th and then play Ghana at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.

The Squad:

Denis Onyango, Benjamin Ochan, Isma Watenga, Tom Ikara

 

Denis Iguma, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Bernard Muwanga, Hassan Wasswa, Timothy Awany, Tony Mawejje, Geoffrey Kizito, Mutyaba Muzamiru, Masiko Tom, Ivan Ntege, Luwagga Kizito, Karisa Milton, Ochaya Joseph, Okwi Emmanuel, Miya Faruku, Idrisa Lubega, Derick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Kagimu Shafiq Paul Mucureezi, Gadaffi Gardinho, John Adriko, Okot Fred, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Tadeo Lwanga.

FUFA officials and members of the Taskforce

FUFA, Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports met the National Taskforce for Physical Education and Sports bill that is gathering ideas for the new sports law in the country at the NCS boardroom today.

FUFA president Moses Magogo, his CEO Edgar Watson, the legal officer Denis Lukambi and UOC Secretary General Dr. Donald Rukare, NCS assistant general secretary in charge of administration Dr. Benard Ogwel discussed proposals with members of the National Taskforce.

In their presentation to the Taskforce, UOC and FUFA proposed among others that the current law is obsolete requires changes to suit modern sports development in the country.

The proposals also target government to fully take over sports in terms of improvement of sports infrastructure in the country and funding for federations/associations and national teams.

FUFA’s proposal includes a call for government to pass stringent laws against matchfixing and gambling in sports in country.

Last week FUFA president Moses Magogo came out to emphasise that sports in Uganda especially football requires modern laws that should support the industry develop instead of stifling it.

The taskforce composed of government officials, legal practitioners and legislators will continue to gather views for the bill.

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