The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) have stated that they are ready for a legal battle after they terminated the League sponsorship contract with South African based Pay TV, SuperSport.
On Monday, the FA signed contract worth US$1.9 million to cater for the league for a period of three and a half years. The FA went ahead to announce that they had terminated the contract with SuperSport because they were not fulfilling part of their contract.
But SuperSport through DSTV Uganda issued a statement later on Monday saying signing with another company was breach of contract.
“It is not our style to go to the courts of law to solve football matters. In case anyone takes us to court, we shall be ready for that moment,” said the FA’s Head of Legal matters Alex Luganda on Wednesday at the FA headquarter in Mengo.
Luganda explained that the FA has never signed any contract with Supersport in regard to the sponsorship of the country’s Elite League. “The MOU signed between FUFA and Uganda Super League Limited in 2014 was a give and take for both parties. Whereas FUFA duly obliged to the MOU by not denying USLL and their agents to broadcast any of the Uganda Premier League matches, USLL did not fulfill their obligation of paying FUFA and the Clubs,” explained the FA.
The FA went on to announce that USLL, the body that sold the rights to SuperSport received money from SuperSport meant for referees and the clubs, but the monies never reached the final beneficiaries.
“As guided by the MOU signed between FUFA and USLL, the mediation process did not deliver consensus. The non-performance by USLL led to the termination of the MOU for the good and development of the game hence opening up opportunities for other potential partners,” explained the FA.
Kavuma Kabenge, the Chairman of USLL said they are watching and will not make a lot of noises but hope that the FA realize that they have gone wrong. He explained that they did not refuse to disburse money to the clubs, but some clubs refused to sign the Deed of Adherence which affected the whole process.