FUFA to improve referees salaries
Uganda Football Association (FUFA) match officials started their three day retreat at Mbarara High School on Friday in the Western district of Mbarara.
A total of two hundred and twelve (212) match officials from all the eight FUFA divisions will take part after they all passed the mandatory physical fitness test at Kakyeka Stadium.
The retreat which is organized by the Uganda Referees Association under FUFA was presided over by FUFA Vice President, also minister for Youth and Children affairs Hon Nakiwala Kiyingi.
“We are here at Mbarara High School to make sure that we listen to the referees and also test their physical ability to see whether they can help us meet our targets”.
“We have been paying the match officials but with little money, we all know that a person cannot do any job with no pay; one of the things FUFA is aiming at is to improve on the officials payments”.
She also confirmed that the federation will allocate more funds to the officiating department since most officials have worked under hard conditions of financial hardships.
“It’s really hard to run away from it even when things get tough, we shouldn’t take them for granted, even when they are there in the hard times, that’s why we are utilizing the fact that we are now getting more money to allocate resources to the refereeing department”.
The minister hinted at government helping out on paying the match officials.
“This is in the pipeline, all that we were talking about was 2018 when we started paying the players and the National team coach, so, we are after ensuring that the coaches’ department and the refereeing department has segments that are fully paid and are comfortable”.
The retreat will climax on Sunday 27th.