By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
The Tooro boys are on the brink of making a swift come back to the Uganda Premier League. Tooro United were relegated from the Uganda Super League due to technicalities they never understood by the FUFA Executive committee, who cited the force majeure event (coronavirus). This event granted FUFA the powers to make a decision that sealed the fate of Tooro United, Proline, and Maroon FC and they ended up being relegated from the UPL last season. This decision was not well received by the three clubs who ended up appealing their relegation to the lower division.
If you love Uganda Football, you would remember the considerations that the appeals committee took into account when they ejected Maroons and Tooro United. One of them was the fact that by the time the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak halted all sporting activities in the country, all the 16 clubs in the Uganda Premier League had already played at least 75 percent of the matches.
This provision was explained in circular No.1106 in reference to FUFA First Division League and stated, “All teams having played 25 of their 30 fixtures, 200 out of 240 matches (83.33%) Article 18 (c) of the FCR is applied and the table standings adjusted accordingly. ”
To put this into the current context, if during the ongoing lockdown footballing activities were banned, Express FC would most likely be declared champions of the Uganda Premier League, and the trio of MYDA, Kitara FC and Kyetume would be relegated.
But for Tooro United, it looks like they were able to put aside their disappointment and decided to play their way to the league. As it stands right now, they are in a playoff position and if they collect two additional points to add to their current 27, they will secure automatic qualification from the Rwenzori group.
Their goalless draw against Ndejje University yesterday extended their points tally to 27 points, four points above Proline FC who overcame Luwero United to move to 23 points below Tooro United.
The last two games for Edward Golola’s side Tooro United will all be at home against Luwero United and Kigezi Home Boys. They can win or draw to get the two points they need to secure their slot in the Uganda Premier League.