The Big Picture: Ivan Kakembo’s plan for Ugandan Football

Ivan Kakembo was among the list of 34 graduands of the Inaugural FIFA Diploma in Club Management last week. Trevor Lutalo had a chat with the Administrator to understand what the accomplishment means for Ugandan Football as a whole.

The Uganda Youth Soccer Academy (UYSA) Director, Ivan Kakembo is part of only four African executives that were admitted for the year-long course. Kakembo is also the founder of Dostiva Sports Management Agency. He has also had successful stints as Chief Administrative Officer (CEO) of top Uganda Premier League outfits such as SC Villa, URA Fc and Nyamityobora FC.

Kakembo told Gateway News, he was elated to share footballing knowledge from world leaders in football administration. “My football administration will never be the same as I have learned a lot, I have made lots of connections in the football world,” he said

Kakembo who is currently living in the United Kingdom revealed its time to represent Uganda beyond her borders. He also noted that he is currently extending consultancy services for both Ugandan and International clubs.

The administrator hopes to share his vast football knowledge to elevate the beautiful game in Uganda. “If we are to change the image of the game, we to need to start with the basics, Ugandan Clubs need to have a written mission and vision with a clear plan on how to achieve this,” he said

He furthermore states that for football clubs to flourish they need to develop a strategic plan which is to be implemented by a professional CEO. The plan must be realistic and achievable according to Kakembo.

With emphasis on Ugandan football clubs, Kakembo maintains that they ought to work on their brands through adopting a style of play in order to build a loyal fanbase. ” Many clubs do not have an identity, this affects their brand. Fans are unable to identify with them.” he states

The executive said in order for clubs to attract more revenue, they need to develop stadiums. “A sustainable economic model is key such as building a stadium. Away from gate collections on matchdays, other activities such as stadium tours, naming rights can generate enormous revenue to fire up clubs,” he said

On top of all these, a club needs to build networks and strengthen their fan clubs or branches in order to flourish.

Meanwhile, Kakembo expressed concerns on how Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) continues to operate. He said the Mengo based body continues to persecute UYSA among other grassroot footballing outfits.

Kakembo recently wrote to FIFA raising issues surrounding the process in which FUFA conducts its responsibilities, highlighting the manner in which the president and his counter parts are elected.


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