FUFA suspends league fixtures in response to the president’s directive on sports

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By Alunyo Jimmy Patrick

In response to the presidential state of the Nation address on COVID-19 situation in the country, all activities that allow mass gathering have been suspended for the next 42 days. Initially, sports activities were allowed to go on but under strict observance of SOPs

Today, FUFA the football governing body in Uganda has responded by suspending all the remaining Star Times Uganda Premier League (SUPL) fixtures until further notice.

The decision follows President Museveni’s state of the nation address on COVID-19 situation in the country on Friday 18th June 2021 on the Covid-19 pandemic, where he issued new directives in the fight against the virus.

Sports is one of the activities which had been allowed to go on during the first national  address on 6th June 2021 on condition that all activities adhere to  strict observance of SOPs set by the Ministry of Health. However, this was suspended for the next 42 days

A statement released by FUFA READ, “FUFA wishes to announce that all the UPL matches scheduled for Saturday 19th June 2021 and Sunday 20th June 2021 have been postponed FUFA will give further guidance on the remaining match days in the near future.”

If you must recall, last season Vipers were given championship under this same circumstances where FUFA applied the 75 percent rule to award them the title because of the pandemic, a decision which was heavily contested  by the relegated teams of  Tooro United and Maroon FC. But as things stand right now, we are likely drawing close to the same situation and if everything remains constant, leaders Express FC will be declared champions and the likes of Kitara FC, MYDA FC and Kyetume FC will be automatically relegated to the Big League for next season’s competition.

The Red Eagles currently stand at 58 points, with URA at 57 and Vipers at 56 with four games left to play. Vipers Football Club might also have to get the feel of the same taste of medicine they served the rest last season

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