You've not done enough to develop local grounds, Fr Gaetano tells Fufa

You've not done enough to develop local grounds, Fr Gaetano tells Fufa
Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda

RUKIGA | Outspoken retired man of the cloth, the Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, has faulted the Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) for the pitiable state of local playgrounds in the country.

The retired parish priest of Kitanga Catholic Church in Kabale Diocese said Fufa is given a lot of funds to develop the game of football and local playgrounds at large but to said all the local playgrounds across the country are in sorry state.

“I feel sad when is see these young youth playing in a water-logged pitches yet Fufa gets funds to help in improving local sport," said the clergyman during the Dr Sylvia Alinaitwe Youth Cup at Bukiinda PTC playground in Rukiga District.

The game was badly affected by the state of the pitch that was waterlogged following a downpour.

"Recently, I saw on TV images of Namboole Stadium under renovation but I feel that all the funds that were allocated to have Namboole renovated were wasted since I don’t se value for money."

Rukiga District has over 30 playgrounds, all in sorry state - especially when it rains.

“It's Parliament that approves the funds, it's high time they summoned Fufa to explain," Fr Gaetano added.

However, Fufa is not answerable to the government as Fifa, the global federation under which it operates, does not allow political interference in football activities.

The government can only grill Fufa and its head Moses Magogo over taxpayer funding that is given as part of the national funding.

Fufa received up to Shs36 billion last year.

Local football action at the Bukiinda PTC playground in Rukiga District that left Fr Gaetano Batanyenda fuming | Lukia Nantaba

But Fufa supremo Magogo s a legislator himlsef and the husband of Speaker Anita Among.

FIFA member associations will receive up to $8 million each to support their development activities in 2024, the world governing body said in a report on Friday.

The funds will be given when FIFA begins its four-year cycle of the Forward Development Programme (FDP) which begins in January.

The FDP aims to support football development in each of FIFA member associations.

Fifa member associations will receive up to $8 million (Shs30 billion) each to support their development activities in 2024.

The funds are given in four-year cycle of the Forward Development Programme (FDP) which begins in January.

The FDP aims to support football development in each of Fifa member associations.

Fifa has provided $2.79 billion to its member associations and confederations for investment in soccer development over the first two cycles of the programme.

The associations are expected to spend the funds on building new, or maintaining existing, infrastructure, developing domestic competitions, and covering running costs related to administration and governance.

Fufa has only constructed the technical centre in Njeru with funds from the global football federation while it leaves most of the infrastructure development to the central and local governments.

Decolas Kiiza, the Fufa deputy chief executive, said in the next financial they have plans to have all local playgrounds improved.

“A series of programme that Fufa has is to see infrastructure developed. We shall work closely with lovers of football sports to make sure that local play grounds improved," Kiiza said.

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