“Desperate times call for desperate measures”, a saying that suits the situation around sports administrator-cum investor Sulaiman Kiwanuka who has called it quits from the beautiful game of football on account of “FUFA misconduct”.
Kiwanuka, the founder of regional league entity Spartans Football Club announced this revelation to the press on Monday at Below 32 restaurant in Munyonyo.
The outspoken administrator was over the weekend in a social media spat with the football governing body, FUFA over the controversial transfer of his striker Isaac “Falcao” Ogwang to Sports Club Villa without his consent.
Kiwanuka furthermore disclosed that he’s been at crossroads with the Federation for a long time on top of being tormented by FUFA officials on several occasions.
How it all started
On the 20th of September 2020, Uganda Premier League record champions Sports Club Villa announced the signing and unveiled striker Isaac Ogwang despite being contracted at Spartans FC.
Kiwanuka stressed that the deal happened in the dark minus his club’s consent hence he neither endorsed the deal nor receive any penny as transfer fee for his player.
He later engaged some FUFA officials to express his concern but his efforts were futile before taking his dissatisfaction to his social media platforms, uploading proof that Ogwang is a contracted Spartans FC player using FUFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) details.
Kiwanuka’s acts of taking matters to social media didn’t settle well with FUFA who summoned him on 18th December, 2020. He however failed to respond to the disciplinary proceedings despite the reminders.
FUFA’s decision on Sulaiman Kiwanuka (Spartans FC)
The Adjudicatory Chamber took account of the seriousness of the matter and sent a strong “Warning” to Kiwanuka for his actions in releasing information in the FUFA Football Connect system without authorisation.
For his defamatory statements against FUFA and his failure to cooperate with the Adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Kiwanuka Sulaiman was slapped a fine of Shs 1,000,000 (One million shillings only) to be paid within 30 days from the date of the decision.
The decision further indicated that any failure to pay the fine in the stipulated time shall attract a six (6) month ban from all FUFA related activities and access to the FUFA Football Connect system shall be revoked.
A Furious Kiwanuka spits fire
After FUFA’s sanctions on the football administrator, Kiwanuka felt unappreciated and believes it’s the right time to forego football administration and focus on his other businesses for the betterment of his future.
“Isaac Ogwang was still a Spartans FC player but he was unveiled at SC Villa. After expressing my dissatisfaction via my social media platform, the Federation slapped me a one million fine along with a six months ban from football related activities,” Kiwanuka recalled.
He added, “I have invested so much money in football yet I’m not willing to gain anything sooner and I think it’s time now to forego football and focus on the future. I have done everything for football but being kicked out of someone’s property without being appreciated is wanting.”
He nevertheless expects no reconciliation with the governing body which he thinks is so “proud” and can’t revoke his decision.
“FUFA is not legit and I can’t leave in an environment where I’m not appreciated. I will continue raising concerns and exposing FUFA and people should know that they are not faithful and I can’t work in the same environment where I’m not appreciated.”
Kiwanuka flanked by Spartans Football Club’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ddungu Isaac Muweesi, went ahead to insist that he will not pay the fine.
“As a club owner, having invested alot and being ‘tossed’ by the ‘regime’ you do a reality check and it becomes prudent that you take your resources elsewhere. I will happily leave football since I have laid a strong legacy and will serve my six months ban but won’t pay the One million shillings fine,” he concluded.