URA FC hopes for the opportunity to push for the UPL title after Government eases COVID-19 restrictions

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By Kamyuka Kenneth

URA FC Head coach Sam Ssimbwa has hope that the Uganda Premier League season will return when his team is in good shape to try and overtake Express FC. This comes when the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has announced that the league will be indefinitely suspended following a 42-day lockdown imposed by the government as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The coach has a strong view that the league will be “meaningless” if the title is habitually awarded before the end of the season.

“I do not see any good reason why the league should not be completed, it is unfortunate that action was halted at such a moment, but we should give the season a chance to find its natural “ Ssimbwa said.

Ssimbwa argues that the champion should only be crowned after accumulating the highest number of points after the end of the season.

“We do not even know when this virus will be gone. So, when it continues to the next seasons, and then titles should just be awarded cheaply like that?” Ssimbwa lamented

Ssimbwa’s URA (57 points) is second on the log, a point behind leaders Express FC by the time the league was suspended.

“The boys were fired up to get maximum points against Busoga United on Saturday. We had our game plan set and we were already camped in Jinja,” Ssimbwa narrated.

However, the presidential directive issued on Friday, June 18, implied that all sports activities including all UPL matchday 27 games scheduled for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th could not happen until after 42 days.

Ssimbwa recounts that there was a sudden wave of disappointment in the URA camp, but the players were composed enough to understand.

He also added on and confidently said, “My boys are ever ready. Regardless of when the league resumes, they are focused and will deliver. I left each one of them a specific program.

FUFA has given assurance to communicate new dates in the due course after obtaining the necessary clearance from the government.

The UPL was initially set to close on June 30th, but if FUFA decides to end the season, Article 18 of the Sporting Regulations will once again be applied like last season, implying that Express who are currently top of the league will be declared champions

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