The Uganda Footballers Association (UFA) on Wednesday stormed Fufa House in Kampala claiming they wanted to hold a press conference there.
Led by their chairman Daniel Walusimbi, the footballers also claimed they wanted to start the process of reconstituting Fufa and registering is as a national association as demanded by the new regulations.
Although the group made their way to the premises and even sat at the reception, they were stopped from accessing the press conference room by police on the orders of the Moses Magogo led Fufa administration.
A scuffle later ensued but calm was restored after Old Kampala District Police Commander (DPC) Joram Mwesigye intervened, advising the group to inform the police first before undertaking any more activities at the venue.
Walusimbi claims the new regulations outlaw Fufa Limited (one of two forms under which the Magogo led Fufa exists) with immediate effect.
“The attorney general, solicitor general as well the sports minister all say Fufa is illegal, then why are they still in office,” he wondered.
The new National Council of Sports Regulations for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, outlaws national federations from incorporating as limited companies.
However, all national sports associations have six months within which to have met all requirements and registered afresh with NCS.
Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein dismissed UFA’s authority to hold a press conference at Mengo.
“They are football people but they have no grounds to come here and make such demands. They claim to have authority from the minister but have no documents to prove it,” he said.
Walusimbi, however, told a local newspaper – the Daily Monitor – in a separate interview that the group will inform the DPC about its motives on Friday as advised and but still go ahead to meet next Wednesday.