FUFA and UPL should have acted against tribalism long before the rise of Onduparaka FC which gave birth to their aggressive blatant fans that reportedly threw tribalistic chants on team head coach Livingstone Mbabazi and ‘Baganda players’
The evil which has recently been discovered from Arua by one of the local online media channels existed in Uganda way before and has been killing talents and creating sectarianism and division in this beautiful game.
Long before the ascension of Onduparaka, players from different parts of Uganda played in central region where most UPL clubs are situated and have been victims of discrimination due to their origin especially having hailed from greater Northern Uganda and or West Nile.
Besides the players, coaches such as Haruna Mawa during his coaching tenure in URA and Victoria University can attest to this claim.
Uganda being a heterogeneous nation with about 56 tribes couldn’t survive the tribalism vice which is in the society and community and is simply extending to football.
Journalist have been the victim of this too, and the writer of this piece can testify of how he was disallowed from accessing Wankuluku stadium two years ago because he couldn’t speak Luganda until he was forced to construct a broken sentence.
Meanwhile from an observation during match days, the same Journalist can confirm having witnessed Tony Odur being segregated and discriminated by fans in Buikwe District during Vipers and Express fixture years ago.
In an interview with a couple of players who suffered the depravity, but chose not to be mentioned because in their own view the attacks became normal, minor and could exacerbate the matter, confirmed experiencing marginalization both in national team and club level.
One of the players said, they’ve never being thrown at tribalistic chants by fans but have lamented on segregation in the national team.
“Fans have never thrown those chants at me but in the national team, I’ve felt segregation especially under Basena because I could see a player I’m technically and tactically better than being chosen ahead of me.”
A big credit to the online source that brought out the evil and time is up that UPL and FUFA sets up policies and laws if non-existed or implement the existing ones or amend where necessary to deal with the problem before it runs out of hand.