FUFA has taken the right decision to end the Football league season according some experts.
The Federation, on Wednesday, confirmed the end of the 2019/20 season due to the Covid19 pandemic.
Consequently, Vipers have been awarded the UPL title as all teams had played 25 of their 30 games. Maroons, Proline and Tooro have been relegated.
“I think it was the best decision,” said USPA vice president Leone Ssenyange, who also works with international media agencies.
“It takes away the uncertainty of what next within clubs. Thankfully the decision falls within the rules at least. Even if it didn’t, FUFA is not in control of the crisis. What if it continues? What if sports cant be played? It would be absurd if they opted to continue. Safety is priority. Clubs can count their gains and losses without putting lives in danger. Now owners can focus on 2020/21 season.”
UPDF (Rwenzori) and MYDA (Elgon) have sportingly qualified (promoted) for the UPL division while Kansai Plascon, New Villa, Dove FC (Rwenzori) and Saviours FC, Light Secondary School FC, Katwe United (Elgon) relegated to their respective regional leagues for the season 2020/2021.
The play-offs Kitara FC v Kataka FC and Kiboga Young FC v Ndejje University FC to determine the 3rd team that sportingly qualify to the 1st division season 2020/2021 shall be played before the kick-off of the season 2020/2021.
“I think we are in extremely unprecedented times where it’s not about being right and wrong but staying alive,” said NCS head of corporate affairs Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo.
“We all don’t know when the crisis will end so tough decisions have to be made quickly. Sad for the relegated teams but that’s sport today across the world.”
The 2019/20 FUFA Women Super League season has been declared null and void – Only the 1st round out of 3 rounds had been played.
In the Women Elite division (second tier), all the teams had completed the first round but no club had played 75% of their season games. The table standings are adjusted accordingly – Isra Soccer Academy and Makerere University have been promoted to the Super League.
The national women under 17 and kawempe Moslem ladies coach Ayub Khalifa agrees with the decision:
” The teams have heavily invested in the game but it is a situation that had no control and when rules are evoked they clearly indicate the decision that was supposed to be taken, Actually that was expected since we had not covered 50% of the league matches.
“The problem this year was the engagements of national teams with many games being put on hold to enable players feature for national team under 17 and under 20.”