Maroons FC have to fight for their place
Uganda Super League (USL) limited Julius Kavuma Kabenge finally gave his opinion on Maroons FC saying the club will have to fight for their corner if they are to feature in next season’s topflight division dubbed the Uganda Premier League (UPL).
This follows an agreement signed between the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) limited and USLL that will see the bickering over the running and sponsorship of the topflight division resolved.
However, nowhere in the agreement is the Maroons FC issue mentioned after the club stood to play only in the USL following the formation of the Fufa Super League (FSL) after the federation withdrew the mandate to run the league from USL.
Kabenge however promised that as people who support their cause, they will have to stand by them in their fight insisting the Maroons question is an ulcer or cancer that will have to be resolved for the good of the game. He also gave an example of Proline and Hoima- Busia who earlier faced an almost similar problem but their issues were resolved.
It should be noted that unlike other clubs like SC Villa, Victors FC, Water FC, Kiira Young, Express FC and Masaka LC which featured in both the FSL and USL in the 2012/13 season, Maroons FC opted to stay in the USL only and went on to win the title.
On this, Kabenge says it’s not a matter of standing with USL saying that not only Maroons stood with them but many other clubs insisting that a club must only be left out on a sporting merit.
“It’s not a question of standing with USL. All the clubs not only Maroons stood with the USL.
The most successful way for a club to stay out is by sporting merit. If it’s not going out by sporting merit, then you go back to the agenda,” Kabenge urged.
On the clubs which are currently divided, Kabenge who also doubles as an official at Express FC ( another divided club), he said that the next step after signing the agreement is to see that there is integration and working together.
“Right now that was the first development and we are moving to the next step that is integration. There is going to be an integration process and we shall work to see that we bring divided clubs together.”
“We shall not create but bring back those entities that existed before and see that people can work together. All these clubs will be licensed by the licensing authority of football. The licensing authority of football in Uganda is supposed to be the federation. We expect the federation to license all these clubs as long as they are compliant,” he concluded.