By Ali Mutanje
The National Basketball League(NBL) of Uganda consists of the Men’s Division One, Women’s Division One and Men’s division two leagues. Below these are three leagues that are managed by the Lower League Management Committee (LLMC).
The leagues heavily rely on registration fees paid by the teams for participation. To participate in the Men’s First Division, and Men’s second Division, a team ought to pay Shs.1.47m. Division one Women teams pay Shs.2.031m.
Most of the teams did not complete the full registration process at the beginning of the league which tipped off on April 17th. As a result, the overseeing management has cancelled all the games this weekend that begins 28/05/21.
According to Brian Rugyendo, a member of the LLMC, all the games played last weekend were operating on a deficit. The teams were given until Wednesday, 25/05/21 to clear with the committee. The league will presumably resume next weekend with strict regulations.
The league was scheduled to end on 20/05/2021. Considering the above postponements, the schedule will be affected. Most teams that have not paid up will be forced to give walkovers during their matches to even out events.
This is a big blow to lower league basketball in Uganda which attracts little sponsorship and government support. This weekend the players will be at Kampala International Hospital to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Perhaps this is also an opportune time for the players to rest to deal with the rumoured COVID-19 Vaccine side effects.