FUFA bans fans from stadiums for all matches due to COVID-19

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By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps the country, sending fear across with an increasing number of cases country-wide, FUFA has again put a ban on fans restricting them from accessing stadiums.

Previously, a total of 200 fans were allowed to watch games under strict SOPs, but following the outbreak of a new strand of COVID-19 in the country, FUFA has revoked this decision and has now has put a ban on fans accessing football stadiums. This means that football fans will not be allowed inside the St Mary’s Stadium to watch Uganda Cranes against South Sudan, citing the surge in the number of positive coronavirus cases and deaths.

The federation in a statement signed by Decolas Kiiza and circulated to all stakeholders, says that, “As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda, the federation would restrict fans from accessing the stadium again as they seek to protect players and staff. This decision was reached based on the current statistics from the Ministry of Health.”

FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organized and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs). However, this is no longer practical given the current situation in the country, and as a result all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

This decision encompasses all FUFA authorized competitions and those organized under the federation including the Stanbic Uganda Cup that is in the later stages. 

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