By Thomas Odongo
Local football governing body FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Association) has warned the public that there is an increase in the sale of counterfeit national football teams (Uganda Cranes and Crested Cranes) jerseys in the local market.
The selling of counterfeit gear is common around Kampala suburbs especially on match days involving the Uganda Cranes team.
Following this development, FUFA has issued fresh guidelines on the sale of its merchandize including jerseys and the like.
Humphrey Mandu, FUFA Deputy CEO, while speaking to the FUFA website noted that, ‘’There are counterfeit jerseys on the market,’’ but urged the public to be cautious when purchasing the national team merchandize.
‘’Some people are illegally selling Uganda Cranes jerseys. What they do not know is that FUFA has patent rights to its properties and the national team jersey is one of those,’’ Mandu added.
Mandu revealed that FUFA has an understanding with Mafro which is the sole manufacturer of the Cranes jerseys and thus FUFA remains the owner and sole importer of the above said merchandize.
Meanwhile, FUFA has opened application process for the willing distributors of the national teams jerseys. Every region of the country will have an authorized selling point.
‘’As FUFA, we are opening an application process for anyone willing to conduct business of selling the FUFA related products. We shall have one authorized distributor per region,’’ Mandu said.
FUFA has even produced a banner seeking potential distributors to apply and deal in the national teams jerseys. The process started on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 and will end on 9th February 2019.
FUFA has also engaged legal brains to enforce the new sales measures with Busingye and Company Advocates brought on board to oversee the enforcement of the policy. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday.