FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa has said he will not resign. Speaking at a FUFA Press Conference, Mulindwa said : ‘I am not going anywhere. I will not allow selfish people to take over’. He added: ‘”Remember even Cameroon, Egypt & Senegal have not qualified. I cant look at myself as a failure.’
Mulindwa is under pressure after Saturday’s 9-8 loss to Zambia on post match kicks at Namboole Stadium.
But he will not resign — even if his employers want him out. He said: “They must tell me why I should do it.”
An unusually calm Mulindwa, preferred to talk about what the future holds, elaborating his plan to take Uganda to the finals saying ‘we are almost there’ despite early morning arrests of protestors at FUFA offices in Mengo.
“For those who love the game, the future is very bright, since we have come very close to qualification and we should also appreciate that this has been a transition period,” Mulindwa echoed.
On the pressure ignited by City lawyer Fred Muwema to resign, Mulindwa shrugged off the suggestions as mere trash.
“I have heard from several people and some people who put on facebook that – Mulindwa resign. This kind of cowardice, I don’t think it helps us as Ugandans. If you want to challenge the person face him if you have the capacity,” he said.
“Me if I am about to resign, I will give Ugandans about one month. That’s not how I do things to wake up in the morning and then I say I have resigned. Things are not done like that one. Then you will be a weak leader,” Mulindwa said.
“I am an elected president; I am accountable to the assembly. People are talking that there is pressure, which pressure. Me I am not on pressure. I am planning for the next game.”
Mulindwa, who preferred to use parables, idioms and proverbs said of Muwema as someone who in fact has a tainted image referring to the case of tobacco growers in Bunyoro who dragged the self appointed interim FUFA president to court recently.
“His accounts would have been frozen because that is a case of my fans who would have easily come and watched the game. Where does he get the moral authority to talk about money?”
“You should not be fooled by anybody. I tell you. FUFA is not a hideout for bedbugs.”
“People are mourning that we did not qualify, then the night dancers, they have not even buried somebody but they are dancing. These are night dancers.
Now what did they lose? First of all they wanted us to lose. They celebrated, we did not qualify. Now where are they getting the guts?
“I am not going. When you annoy me that I go, I am not going anywhere. So that is not an issue. Me I will not allow self seekers to take over our football. It’s not about the sponsors and the rest it’s about protecting the image of football.
Meanwhile FUFA has promised to release figures from Namboole game on Friday this week. While addressing the journos FUFA finance chief Patrick Kimuli confirmed his office was still tabulating the figures that will be made public very soon. “We will have the accountability released to Ugandans at an appropriate time. Right now i am asking all the football lovers to stay calm,” said Kimul.