Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango says that FUFA should increase on the number of UPL teams in top flight instead of the proposed reduction.

FUFA wants to reduce the clubs in UPL from 16 to 12 in the 2021/21 season, a proposal which will see six teams relegated next season.

Many football stakeholders, including Mujib Kasule and Jackson Mayanja, have not sided with FUFA’s proposal – Onyango being the latest.

“The teams should be added instead,” Onyango said while appearing to NTV on Thursday via Skype.

“You have to ask the clubs before a decision is made. My view is that the teams should not be reduced because it may decrease on the players’ chances of playing in top flight.

“Uganda has over thousands of players and reducing on the number of teams will see their chances of playing in UPL deteriorate. This will also mean that few stadiums will be used yet there is need to spread the game more.”

FUFA believes that the move will increase the level of competitiveness among others teams.

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Denis Onyango in action for Sundowns. Courtesy

However, the plans may be greatly affected by the widespread of Covid19 pandemic that has seen all activities come at a standstill.

With South Africa, just like Uganda, under a lockdown, Onyango advised that everyone must adhere to the government’s directives as they battle to stay safe.

“Am at home and it has been two weeks since we last played in Nedbank cup,” the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper added. “Its been tough but we have to remain in shape as players, I normally train with my kids and follow the club’s instructions accordingly in a bid to remain in shape.”

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Onyango’s last piece of action was a Nedbank Cup quarter final 1-0 extra-time win against Highlands Park.

Sundowns, 44 points, sit second with four points below leaders Kaizer Chiefs in a 16-team PSL league.

“This break has been a blessing in disguise fpr us as Sundowns. Although we had picked momentum but we had played many games and there were still tough games and crucial games in the corner, we needed a rest,” Onyango added.

“Its a breather, and it will help some of our injured players return.”

Speaking of injured players, Sundowns’ Thapelo Morena has completed his recovery from a nasty ankle fracture, a source in South Africa reported this week.

Onyango who played in UPL with SC Villa in 2005, also added that he is well in touch with Moses Waiswa and met him about two days ago as they shopped for Ugandan foods.

In his closing remarks, he advised Ugandans to stay indoors, social distance and maintain hygiene to avoid Covid19.


Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

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