FUFA and Uganda Premier League not prepared to panic

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By Kamyuka Kenneth

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and the Uganda Premier League secretariat are creating all possible means to enable the 2020/21 top-flight league to cover the remaining games.

The league was last week suspended for 42 days as president Museveni announced directives aimed at combating the spread of the Coronavirus second wave.

Bernard Bainamani the UPL chief executive officer said that the previous campaign was prematurely ended with five rounds to play, league sponsors StarTimes retained 10 percent of the financial package hence the league management will want to deploy all means to avoid the calling on of the 75-percent force majeure clause.

“We had to settle for a 10-percent reduction from the sponsors last season because the league didn’t conclude,” Bainamani revealed this to the Daily Monitor on Monday.

He added and said that this is one of the reasons that we want to explore the option of completion to avoid such a loss. But the most important thing is to have champions and teams relegated declared sportingly if we can but if it fails, then we use the 75 percent rule.”

It is said that FUFA and UPL will have a meeting with the state prime minister Robina Nabbanja in a move aimed at convincing her to allow the final league games to end in 14 days and enable the Uganda Cranes to prepare for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

 FUFA will also need to submit participants of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup before the deadline day of July 31st 2021.

Uganda Premier League champions represent the country in the Champions League while FUFA reserves the rights to decide the Confederations Cup representatives, a slot which is usually filled by Uganda Cup winners.

The prestigious Uganda Cup was last season cancelled at the quarter-final stage due to the COVID-19 outbreak before FUFA decided KCCA would feature in the Confederations Cup who were runners up in the domestic league.

By the time this season’s league was suspended, Express was on top of the pile with 58 points, one and two better of URA FC and Vipers Sports Club in second and third place respectively.

The Uganda Cup tournament was at the semi-final stage. Police, Express, Vipers SC and BUL FC had all booked the dock for this stage.

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