Majority of Uganda Premier League clubs are opposed to a proposal by FUFA to reduce the number of clubs in the top flight league from the current 16 to 12.
The federation on Friday revealed a number of proposals to improve Ugandan football and maximise club revenues.
"It is paramount new reforms are instituted to, among others, enhance the quality of clubs, increase sporting competition, improve service delivery by organizers, create a better club and league brands, and increase revenues for both the clubs and the league," a statement read.
But a number of clubs are up in arms with a proposal to cut the number of clubs in the top league by four.
In an interview with Daily Monitor, Proline’s Mujib Kasule said that they had rejected a similar proposal by FIFA ten years ago.
“Fifa came to us in 2010 (during the Jinja Declaration) as clubs and Fufa and suggested we reduce clubs from 18 to 12. Fifa argued that at 18 clubs, it would be difficult to get sponsorship than say, 12. But we also told them that talent wasn’t the problem as we are blessed with so much. Our other point was that 12 top clubs were mainly central, so that would starve the rest of the football-mad country. They listened and agreed on 16 clubs. It’s now surprising that Fufa is going back to 12 clubs. What is the real reason for 12 clubs? And why to play three rounds?” he wondered.
On his part, KCCA’s Aggrey Ashaba argued that reducing the number of clubs will have an impact on employment opportunities for Ugandans.
“Quality can be fixed via licensing and other regulatory frameworks. The challenge of the country is youth bulge. As a sport, we must be able to create more working opportunities for the youth. Taking away four clubs is taking away over 150 direct employment opportunities in an economy with a median age of 16 years.”
The opposition was also expressed by Onduparaka’s Grace M. Manduru, Bright Stars’ Ian Mutenda and Vipers’ Abdu Wasike as well as Express FC Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka.