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Hope for football in Uganda?

It was interesting to see the following article in Red Pepper Uganda:

African leagues 'need to commercialise'

Globalisation in football marches on with the spread of commercial principles to all parts of the world. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on the important subject in Durban at the beginning of October.

Fifa suspends Nigeria

Fifa has suspended the Nigerian Football Federation with immediate effect, news that comes immediately after the country's troubled 50th anniversary celebrations.   It will mean that the country will not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions.   It will also involve bans at club level including international friendly matches.

New start for Ugandan football?

Ugandan football faces severe financial problems.   Gate money in the year amounts to Shs53m, but the league costs Shs2bn a year to run.   The difference has been made up by individual donations, but this is not a reliable source of income and is dependent on the whim of wealthy individuals.   Players have often not been paid for long periods of time and teams have not turned up for matches.

Fall in copper price hits Zambian football clubs

The fall in the copper price as a result of the global financial crisis is hitting Zambian football clubs. Four clubs have lost their sponsorship from companies in Zambia's Copperbelt. In the case of Mufulira Wanderers, one of the country's most famous clubs, the withdrawal of sponsorship has led to a financial crisis. They have been given a two week break from matches by the country's football association to give them time to sort out their problems. Without a new sponsor it is going to be difficult for Wanderers to fulfil their fixtures.

Pay-TV Football Boom in Africa

GTV is pan-African pay-TV company which is building its offer around football, although it also has news and entertainment channels. Getting Premiership rights in a $30m three-year deal was crucial because of the prominence of so many African players in the competition. The studios of the channel are actually in Camden, North London, but this helps in terms of getting top players in for interview.

Silvers Stars FC Go Platinum

South African investment company Royal Bafokeng Sports Holdings has acquired a 51 per cent stake in South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) team Silver Stars FC - first item on the agenda was to change the team's name to the Platinum Stars. Second item on the agenda was, according to George Khunou, managing director of RBSH, to go into the transfer market and purchase 'quality players to sweep the boards in the Premiership next season'.