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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 December, 2004, 16:46 GMT
Confusion reigns in Uganda
Former Fufa boss Denis Obua
Obua will be seeking re-election in February

Uganda's Football Association, Fufa, is without an executive board, following the announcement of President Denis Obua that its tenure has expired.

Speaking at Fufa's extra-ordinary general meeting in Kampala on Tuesday, Obua said the new board will be elected on 5 February 2005.

"[Our] term of office has come to an end," Obua said.

"Go back [home] for grassroot elections on 14 December and prepare for the [presidential and board] elections in February."

Obua, who also heads Cecafa, the regional football body, claimed the mandate of Fufa's general assembly also expired on Tuesday.

But Twaha Kakaire, former Fufa president and member of the general assembly, claimed Obua's statement was inaccurate.

"He has dissolved the assembly while we still have a year to serve," said Kakaire, who challenged the validity of Obua's act.

Other stakeholders in Ugandan football have claimed that Obua's announcement was the direct consequence of political pressure from Sports Minister Henry Oryem Okello, who has been demanding the election of a new Fufa board.

While Obua has declared that he will seek re-election during the February polls, Fufa spokesman Haruna Mawanda said the executive board will function in a caretaker capacity until the February elections.

Meanwhile, Fifa, football's world governing body, is demanding an explanation from Obua on the actions taken at Tuesday's meeting.

"We are seeking clarification from Fufa regarding their recent decisions," Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne told BBC Sport.

"I am hoping to get in touch with the president as soon as possible, so we can have an accurate picture of the situation there."



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