Club licensing online platform (CLOP) National workshop kicks Off in Uganda

Club licensing online platform (CLOP) National workshop kicks Off in Uganda

By Emmanuel Sekago

Uganda is taking a significant step forward in football management as the Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) National Workshop commences at the Imperial Royale Hotel, bringing together key stakeholders, club representatives, and football administrators from across the nation.

Group Photo of participants with Caf instructors and 1st Vice President Mugisha

The workshop, held with the aim of familiarizing participants with the Club Licensing Online Platform, marks a pivotal moment in the football landscape of Uganda. The CLOP system, designed to streamline and enhance the club licensing process, is set to bring about a new era of professionalism, transparency, and efficiency in Ugandan football.

The two-day workshop has Representatives from various football clubs, leagues, and football regulatory bodies have gathered to learn about the functionalities and intricacies of the CLOP.

The platform, tailored to meet international standards, covers aspects such as financial management, infrastructure, youth development, and sporting criteria, the opening  ceremony was presided over by  FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha present was CAF Instructors Muhammad F. Sidat and John Muhire, plus  FUFA Executive Committee Members Rogers Mulindwa and Ronnie Kalema.

“I want to thank CAF for the professionalism they have brought to Africa. As FUFA, we want to be 100% compliant. I also congratulate Shirah Nakagwa and Emmauel Kazoora on becoming CAF CLOP Instructors.”  said Justus Mugisha, FUFA 1st Vice President.

Muhammad F. Sidat, CAF Instructor during the opening ceremony

During the workshop, participants will engage in interactive sessions, hands-on demonstrations, and discussions led by experts in the field of football administration and club licensing. The goal is to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate and utilize the CLOP effectively.

“I was discussing with my team how to approach the workshop but I told them it is going to be easy because they already know club licensing. Uganda is one of the best performers. We are here to tell you what the changes are.”- Muhammad F. Sidat, CAF Instructor

The implementation of the Club Licensing Online Platform aligns with global best practices and demonstrates Uganda’s commitment to elevating the standards of football governance. The workshop not only serves as a platform for learning but also fosters collaboration and networking among football stakeholders, laying the groundwork for a more cohesive and organized football ecosystem.

“On behalf of the secretariat, I want to give you the comfort that our departments are doing their job very well. At some point, I was called ‘Mr. Circular’ as we were implementing licensing procedures. From CAF’s perspective, we have made progress and now we are moving forward.” – Edgar S. Watson, FUFA CEO

Meanwhile, Football enthusiasts, club supporters, and administrators alike are optimistic about the positive impact that the CLOP system will have on the development and management of football clubs in Uganda. As the workshop unfolds, there is a shared sense of excitement and anticipation for the positive changes that will result from the adoption of the Club Licensing Online Platform in Ugandan football.

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