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Fufa’s lack of integrity is undoing The Cranes

Cranes players during training

Cranes players during training

According to ‘Murphy’s Law’ whatever can go wrong, will go wrong or, whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way.

This sums up the current state of The Cranes. Not only are we at an all-time low without a functional squad, we also have no stadium. I am sure many fans would struggle to come up with a Cranes starting eleven because most of the players are either inactive or are out of form.

I doubt a Cranes game today can even raise 10,000 fans. And as the Cranes brand continues to fall, matters are not helped by the fact that the people supposed to remedy the situation have no focus.

The recently-concluded World Cup offered a window for Uganda to do some lobbying, especially on technical issues but Fufa bungled it up. Moses Magogo, whose reputation was tainted by the admission of stealing World Cup tickets, can no longer represent Uganda at such eminent meetings but instead of Fufa sending technocrats like Tom Lwanga, Jackson Mayanja or Sam Ssimbwa in Qatar, they sent Justus Mugisha as ambassador.

You can imagine what Mugisha can contribute in a discussion with Brazil ambassadors to the World Cup like Ronaldinho, Cafu or Roberto Carlos! It is a total mismatch.

I’m still waiting to find out what Mugisha benefitted Ugandan football for the month he spent there. So, the effect of Murphy’s Law is not simply an error or situation which has to be put right. It can lead to irreparable damage to the reputation of an organization.

Fufa continues to dream about hosting the Afcon in 2027 but hardly anyone takes them serious. This is so because everything they say remains in words, no results. By now, we would be having a 10-year roadmap for talent and infrastructure development but instead Fufa operates on a trial and error approach.

Their recent innovation of Cranes Kabbo, a campaign to fundraise for the national team, is dead on arrival. How can you expect the public and companies to fundraise for an entity accountable to no one?

The author is SC Villa first vice president in charge of mobilization.

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