Uganda’s football governing body FUFA held a meeting on Saturday that was attended by Club captains and club representatives and was chaired by FUFA president Moses Magogo to discuss the welfare of the footballing environment in Uganda.
The meeting featured representatives from both the big league and the Startimes Uganda Premier league teams. The meeting was aimed at discussing key issues like player development, player branding, and also player agents among others.
After thanking the football players and coaches for the role they play in Uganda, he went ahead and told them about the government tax project that involved players and coaches adhering to the employee tax bands as other citizens in Uganda. The Fufa president said “The Government has officially written to us regarding NSSF and taxation for the players’ earnings. As law-abiding citizens, definitely we must pay taxes but it is also important for players to save with NSSF. If we are talking about professionalism, these are some of the things we must embrace.”
Some players appreciated the project of paying taxes and contributing to the NSSF but this initiative was questioned by some key stakeholders in the Ugandan football game as coached protested the mode of payment in-game.
Vipers coach Fred Kajoba said that the project was NOT FEASIBLE as most teams don’t pay players and coaches on time .
Our biggest challenge is that we work in an environment that is not streamlined. Many coaches go months without pay, some are sacked without compensation. So we ask that FUFA helps in effecting thisCoach Fred Kajoba
FUFA will now hold meetings to find resolutions about how to get this project up and running.