World football governing body FIFA has retreated on the threat to ban Uganda from all football activities due to government interference in football management, this coming after a meeting involving the two parties along with the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) on Tuesday 12 July.
A warning had been issued in June when FUFA was being asked to sign up as a trustee with the government, a move the world governing body deemed government interference, which is prohibited under its statutes.
“We are happy the government has agreed not to interfere and will work for the development of football in the country,” Luca Nicola, the Manager of Member Associations at FIFA said.
Nicola explained that all at the meeting had agreed that FUFA can indeed register as a trustee but that they had assurances from government that there will be no interference. FUFA president Moses Magogo was equally happy with the meeting and that a decision had been made that will meet FIFA’s approval.
The development is a relief for the Uganda national team as it seeks to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon with a win over visiting Comoros in September.
The Cranes are also in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.