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Netball plight worsens as NCS withdraws Certificate of Recognition from UNF 

National Council of Sports (NCS) has today, 25th October 2023, withdrawn the Certificate of Recognition from the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF). The UNF will no longer conduct any business to do with the sport, on behalf of the Government of Uganda.

This follows a long standoff between NCS and suspended UNF President, Sarah Babirye Kityo. On Tuesday, Kityo confirmed that through their lawyers of Luzige, Lubega and Kavuma Co. Advocates, they had sued NCS for meddling in netball affairs. A day later, NCS issued a notice indicating that the federation’s certificate of recognition has been withdrawn.

“The National Council of Sports regrets to announce that we have today withdrawn the certificate of recognition previously issued to the Uganda Netball Federation and that the Federation will no longer conduct any business related to the sport of Netball on behalf of the Government of Uganda.”


“The decision aries out of the persistent governance and leadership challenges that have engulfed the UNF, and due to the failure by the UNF to follow laws of Uganda and their own statutes,” NCS’ missive read adding that failure to disclose sources of funding and failure to inform NCS of several bank accounts that the federation opened without following procedures, and use of forged unauthorized documents to open these accounts are other reasons for the withdrawal of the certificate of recognition.

However, NCS missive adds that UNF may reapply for recognition once the issues that have led to the withdrawal of the Certificate of Recognition have been addressed.

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