President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Lawrence Mulindwa, has thrown the football fraternity into panic after announcing he will not seek re-election on August 31.
Mulindwa reportedly told his executive members in a 4-hour meeting yesterday that his reason of pulling out was purely personal. The proprietor of one of the best secondary schools in Uganda, St. Marys Kitende, came into football administration in December 2005.
He had promised to take Uganda to the Africa Cup of Nations when elected, but failed. The Cranes came close to qualifying for the 2011 and 2013 Afcon Editions. Uganda last appeared in the 1978 Afcon in Ghana.
‘This is a big shock, but we shall wait as we try to convince the FA President to have a change of mind because he is still very instrumental in the development of the sport in Uganda,” said Rogers Mulindwa, the FA’s Head of Communication.
“It’s true the FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa on Monday addressed his Executive Committee members at FUFA House and hinted on his intentions not to seek another term of office in the forthcoming elections.
"The President’s decision to opt out of football administration is however purely a personal choice and he is not succumbing to any pressure,” stated the FA’s media office.
“This is very bad for Ugandan football because Mulindwa has been good for football in Uganda,” said Florence Nambi.Uganda’s FA President Mulindwa was recently appointed on two committees of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).