The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) continues to act tough on all acts that bring the game to disrepute. The latest victim is Entebbe based Five Stars Football Club.
Five Stars FC was thrown out of the Wakiso District fourth division league after a successful petition filed by Kiwafu-based Entebbe Leopards.
The FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber chaired by Peter Emojong called for the immediate removal of Five Stars from the league and rescinding Entebbe Leopards.
The same chamber castigated Buganda region football association for an error admitted, which wrongfully permitted the change of name from Leopards to Five Stars as well as the takeover for the club.
Emojong’s chamber thus called for the immediate readmission of Entebbe Leopards to the Fourth division league with immediate effect. “Football has finally won,” Swaibu, an official of Entebbe Leopards boldly confessed.
“We are happy that FUFA considered our petition in fair play spirit. We need a football club active at Kiwafu,” he added.
Five Stars director Shafik Kakooza, dismayed by the decision, vowed to fight on as he reportedly criticized FUFA of double standards.
By the time FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber made this decision, Five Stars had played a reasonable number of matches and were playing second fiddle to Entebbe Kitinda.
Meanwhile, Entebbe Leopards have stepped up their preparations for the season and accordingly applied for provisional licenses. The fate of Five Stars players remains unknown at large, as many are visibly disappointed by the ill-development.
Circumstances of the Case
On October 18, 2021 the Chairperson of Entebbe Leopards FC Allan Luyirika petitioned the FUFA chamber of dispute resolution objecting to the ownership and change of club name from Entebbe Leopards FC to Five Stars FC.
According to a letter seen by this publication, the chamber summoned five-stars FC and Buganda Region FA to explain how they acquired the club and how the club name was changed respectively.
The committee reportedly found out that Shafik Kakooza the proprietor of Five-star Fc had purchased five shares of Entebbe Leopards Fc from Eddy Mukuya Eddy. “Upon studying the agreement, the chamber learnt that only one person from Entebbe Leopards (Mukuya) witnessed the sale agreement and he owned only 5 shares in Entebbe Leopards FC,” reads in part the committee letter.
It also states that Buganda Region FA admits to having erred in recommending the
change of club name, hence the committee took a decision to rescind the club name back to Entebbe Leopards FC.
The decision was further taken thus, “Buganda Region is hereby ordered to restore Entebbe Leopards Fc to the table standing and fixtures of the fourth division Wakiso DFA.”