UGANDA : Clubs to share basketball cash

Men’s division 1:
Falcons 105 Ndejje 61
UCU 62 Stormers 37

LOCAL basketball governing body FUBA has unanimously voted for the money collected at league matches to go to the participating clubs, writes Charles Mutebi and Usher Komugisha.

The decision was reached at FUBA’s annual general assembly on Sunday and is expected to come into effect in 30 days time, after the modalities of how the shares will be split are worked out by a committee, which was also chosen at the meeting.

“It is clear we have all accepted the idea of gate collections (going to the clubs), said FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya, “but we want to work out the technicalities.”

“We want a system that is water-tight,” Tashobya cautioned. “What we don’t want is a scenario where a month after the rule, teams are complaining of being cheated”.

FUBA has 38 clubs across three men’s divisions and one ladies’ but only two, Power and Falcons have direct corporate sponsors – D’Mark and Mountain Dew respectively. As such, the new rule will go down well with all the clubs, which had never benefited from gate collections.

In the league, five Mountain Dew Falcons’ players scored in double digits as they blew out the Ndejje Angels 105-61 on Sunday at the YMCA.