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Speaking a breakfast meeting involving the FUFA Executive, the Board of governors Uganda Premier League and Chairpersons of Uganda Premier league clubs at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala on Thursday morning, Magogo said Uganda has miserably failed to perform at all continental levels because of the low quality of domestic football.
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Eng. Moses Magogo, the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA President has tasked the Star Times Uganda Premier League clubs to improve the quality of the domestic league.

Speaking a breakfast meeting involving the FUFA Executive, the Board of governors Uganda Premier League and Chairpersons of Uganda Premier League clubs at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Thursday morning, Magogo said Uganda has miserably failed to perform at all continental levels because of the low quality of domestic football. 

He explained that Ugandan clubs struggle when they face teams from North and West Africa both at amateur and senior levels

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Magogo noted that Uganda has successfully dominated its immediate neighbours when it comes to regional qualifiers in East and Central Africa and falters when it faces West and North African teams. 

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Uganda performed poorly in the just concluded 2020 Total African Nations Championship, where it trailed in Group C with only one point. Previously, Uganda failed to reach the knock out stages in all CHAN editions she has participated in.

Uganda’s club representatives at the continent level also failed to go past the preliminary rounds in both CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.

Vipers SC was eliminated by Al-Hilal Omdurman in the Champions league while KCCA FC was eliminated by AS Kigali from the Confederations Cup.

David Serebe, the Vice-Chairperson Uganda Premier league says Uganda has tried to improve when it comes to qualifiers and the optimistic thing will improve.

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Mathias Muwanga, the Chief Executive Officer- CEO Bright Stars FC, says there is a need to create avenues of empowering the clubs.

"First of all, we need to create ventures whereby clubs are not ran by individuals using their own money because it very risky because when these people are not around clubs struggle,” he said. 

Adding that, “We need to have more engagements with the government to give support to the sport at least in each region there is a stadium built by the government. We also need to engage companies because there are so many companies that have the abilities to build stadiums.”  

Bernard Olupot, the Public Relations Officer SC Villa, says there is a need for a lot of organisation right from the top to the bottom.

“One of the problems is Ugandan sports practitioners have not yet identified how to commercialize the sport. The link between the practice and commercialization and practice is still lacking. Other countries are able to have sustainability year in year out because apart from playing the sport, they take it to the grassroots,” he said.

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