By Thomas Odongo
KIU Titans Basketball Club patron Nasser Sserunjogi was on Sunday voted President of the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA). This was during the federation's Annual General Assembly (AGM) held at Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) offices in Lugogo.
Nasser Sserunjogi also former FUBA Vice President in charge of Administration got 37 votes to beat Grace Kwizera (City Oilers) who garnered 24 votes. Kwizera was formerly FUBA Vice President in charge Marketing, Publicity, and Media.
Sserunjogi will be at the helm of FUBA affairs for the next four years, replacing Ambrose Tashobya who has been steering the federation for the past 12 years.
Six other individuals were also voted into office namely; Hudson Ssegamwenge (Vice President In charge Administration), Aggrey Mbonye (Vice President In charge Finance), Arnold Katabi (Vice President In charge Marketing, Publicity and Media), Sunday Joseph Manano (Vice President in charge Technical & Competitions), Stephen Nyeko (Commissioner for Youth Basketball), and Sandra Munduru (Commissioner for Women Basketball). Save Aggrey Mbonye who was up against Henry Odongo, the other five were unopposed.
In his maiden speech, Sserunjogi said his main focus is to grow the game right from the grassroots.
“We need to take the game to schools, both primary and secondary. We will co-operate with games teachers to ensure that basketball is played there,” the FUBA President-elect said.
He also unveiled plans to put up a Junior League. 'We shall start with the schools in central then later we will traverse the whole country,' he added.
Sserunjogi noted that running basketball affairs should be a collective responsibility whether one is in the EXCOM or not.
“Even Kwizera, there are programs he has been running so he should continue on the same path. We are a team and brothers,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, outgoing president Ambrose Tashobya was nominated as the Federation's honorary president by the assembly.