By Edward Tumusiime
The creation of a new second tier league was first brought on table in October 2008 by FUFA.
The idea was promoted by the Current President of FUFA Eng. Moses Magogo who was ridiculed at the time, resisted and fought by almost all stakeholders.
The league was passed by the FUFA Executive Committee and started in 2009 to cater for the leading sides in the five regions.
Second tier sides at that time competed at the regional level, with many of them failing to cope with advancement whenever they gained promotion to the National Super League.
FUFA Competitions Committee secretary, Moses Magogo, confirmed that qualification to the Super League through the regional mini leagues would be ended and replaced by promotion through the National First Division League.
A major objective of the initiative was to help raise the standard of football outside the Super League.
Below are the big league promotional match winners from when the tournament was incepted.
2009/2010 – Maroons 2 : 0 Gulu United
2010/2011 – Maji FC 5 : 2 Hoima Busia FC
2011/2012 – Entebbe Young FC 1 : 0 Kiira Young FC
2012/2013 – Bright Stars FC 2 : 1 CRO FC
2013/2014 – Lweza FC 2 : 1 Sadolin Paints FC
2014/2015 – Maroons FC 1 : 0 The Saints FC
2015/2016 – Kirinya Jinja SS FC 2 : 0 Onduparaka FC
2016/2017 – Maroons FC 2 : 1 Masavu FC
2017/2018 – Ndejje University FC 1 : 0 Nyamityobora FC
2018/2019 – Proline FC 1 : 0 Wakiso Giants FC
2019/2020 – Kitara FC 1 : 0 Kiboga Young FC