THE FEDERATION IS SUGGESTING REDUCING TEAMS IN THE UPL FROM 16 to 12.

Would like to know your thoughts.

(Try suggesting ideas objectively (in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions)

I’ve written down mine below, mentioned both positives + and negatives – of this suggestion.

Positives

Fewer teams in top flight could raise the level of competition(became more competitive) among teams. This will be coz teams are fighting to stay in the top flight and others to promote which could improve the quality of football played in the league..

It could became a more manageable league with less teams and heightened licensing requirements – this could raise the standards of facilities in which teams play

We have the u17 league already so Duplicating it into a reserve league is ok I guess for developing young players and sustainability in clubs.

Could work for national team players who will have a chance to play against tougher opposition day in day out.

Negatives

Stake holders need to be sensitised lot more ahead of time before implementation process. Unless the current heads of department in both the licensing and Competions have improved, I don’t think they are competent enough to sensitise or convince the stakeholders about advantages of this idea.

What happens to the 10 year contract with Startimes that was made with 16 current teams in top flight? What happens to the funds?

Is the chairman of the league a stakeholder of the game? Does he own a club in the league or has a connection to any club as a meme we of the board?

Is the league board even aware of the suggestions and plan on ground? Or they are waiting for the results to follow?

Of course this is an idea suggested by the ‘ Excom’ (in my view I doubt they did because non of them are that creative let’s face it) so probably the main man Presido suggested the ideas. He needs to get an intelligent team to help him draw good strategies which won’t be possible considering the levels of competence of most of the people around him.
(Good thing is he can do all things single handily)

It’s on the plate to be discussed but where all league stalker holders consulted or will they have a say in the final decision? Also they have been asked to send in emails of suggestions, who in particular will read the emails to make the decisions? Because the competition director has been in fufa for more than 15 years and the most active thing she has done is player licensing in my view, I haven’t seen anything else creative apart from signing mandatory paperwork and fixtures

Looking at current situation, there will be a big gap of development btn the top flight and other leagues simply because more resources of sponsor may be automatically shifted to top league only just like now, I barely know any teams in big league(my bad)

Other stake holders like Referees, Fans, sponsors and others could be affected, have they been consulted and how will they be affected?

Notes

Obviously some people have been suggesting increase to 20 which in my view will be cios and going overboard. Our federation may not manage that.

Also the league has been there for sometime and coming up with new ideas to make it better isn’t bad just, the question is what ideas ?and who is creative enough in the federation to make things better?

© Jean Sseninde.

Author: Jean Sseninde

Forbes 30 under 30 Finalist 2019 | Footballer Uganda Women's National Team | CEO Sseninde Foundation | Founder Sseninde Women's Development Cup | CAF Women’s Football Committee

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