FUFA cancels 2020-21 Regional League season Due to COVID-19

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By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo

About a week ago the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) had only postponed the Regional Leagues temporarily due to COVID-19, but on Friday, 11th June 2021, the federation via their official twitter account confirmed the cancellation, citing supervisory and logistical glitches. The regional league is the lowest tier of the FUFA competition organized every year that sees teams from across various regions participate to qualify for the Big League, before playing their way into the Uganda Premier League.

This year, due to the virulent second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has been forced to cancel all the Regional Leagues for the 2020-21 season, rendering the season null and void. This season was to kick off by 20th June 2021 under tight SOPS according to the earlier communication. It has been canceled and players and clubs who were anxious to secure qualification to next year’s Big League will now have to wait for another season.

The federation official statement read, “Due to supervisory and logistical hiccups caused by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, FUFA has decided to cancel the FUFA Regional Leagues for 2020/2021 season.”

Although the federation plans offer some ray of hope to all the players and clubs who were slated to participate in this year’s Regional League, as they will embark on a fresh plan for the 2021/ 2022 season. In their words, according to FUFA, “Efforts will be diverted to an early and timely kickoff of the 2021/2022 Regional League season. We urge everyone to continue and intensiFy efforts in the fight to stop the spread of COVID -19 in the country. Together we can control the spread of the virus.”

We hope for the best for our country as we continue to battle the second wave of COVID-19, which has taken the country by storm and is spreading very fast.

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