THRILLED: Fans out pen to paper for The Saints at Namboole
Its only been a few months since its birth but Mukono based FUFA Big League side The Saints FC have remodeled way local football clubs are ran. Since then Saints have stepped up gear. This season still in its infancy, in two home games over 300 fans have registered as fans of The Saints FC.
The club is carrying out a massive fan recruitment exercise and during the last two home games 319 fans have put pen to paper.
Interesting, their big sisters in the FUFA Super League, Uganda’s top-flight soccer platform have few or no registered fans and no known administrative offices while its way miserable in the Big League The fan registration exercise is in line with the clubs objective to be a model club that all Ugandans can be proud of. The registered fans will be part of the official fans club and will be issued with Club Membership Cards, which will entitle them to many benefits.
Mr. Isaac Kyepa, a fervent football fans said he has supported football all his life but has never registered as a fan of any club and said it feels special to be on the Club books as a supporter.
Kyepa said: “I feel good. I feel like I am gaining a position in the club,” he said.The Saints FC is one of the few clubs in Uganda that register fans.
Mr. Johnson Musinguzi, the chairman of The Saints FC, said the club is identifying its fans because they constitute the foundation of the club.
“Players come and go, but fans stay, some stay for a lifetime. What we want to build is a strong sustainable club, not just a team,” Musinguzi said.
For the start registered fans are receiving priority when it comes to receiving the stylish gold and black home jersey.
So far 150 gold and black shirts have been bought by fans and 18 have booked shirts which will be delivered this week.
“Its looking good, we are positive that we are doing the right thing for the club,’ Musinguzi said. For now registration of fans will be done at every home game involving The Saints.
The next home game will be against Artland at Namboole on December 7th.
Before that The Saints this weekend travel to Lubiri SS to face Mutundwe Lions. Mutundwe have enjoyed the last three games, which they have won under the new coach Joseph Mutyaba and are 3rd on the log just a single point above youthful Mark Twinamatsiko’s side.
Soon fans will also have an opportunity to register online via the official Saints website www.thesaintsfc.co.ug.