Ntamityobora FC President Eng Ben Misagga has accused FUFA boss Moses Magogo of encroaching on the powers of UPL.
Misagga, a long time critic of Magogo and FUFA, revealed his discontent about the way FUFA ended the 2019/20 season.
Earlier after government had banned public gatherings, Magogo had vowed that the season will have a natural ending only to rescind his decision.
Vipers were declared league champions while Maroons, Tooro United and Proline were relegated.
Misagga comments that the decision to end the league “swiftly” without consulting any of the principal stakeholders – the clubs – was wrong.
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“My contention is not about the declaration to end the season, but the way it was done,” Misagga wrote on his blog.
“To contextualize this, you have to go back to the start of the lockdown in March when Magogo declared openly declared that the remaining five games of the UPL must be played.
“He even came up with various options such as playing games behind closed doors, extending the 2021 season to start in September or at least wait till August to make a final decision. Even in the first weeks of May when Fufa received a $500,000 bounty from Fifa to ease the impact of Covid-19 on football activities, he maintained the league would have to be completed.
“However, the tone changed when clubs amplified their demand for a share of the Covid-19 fund. That is when he realized that the longer the debate rumbles on, the more scrutiny he attracts given that it was impossible for clubs to keep incurring costs of maintenance when they cannot get any income from gate collections.”
Misagga said that cancelling the season was the only way FUFA would feast on the FIFA fund without raising many eyebrows “because clubs cannot cry out for a bailout when they are not awaiting any action.”
He added that the decision to end the league provided a good platform for Magogo to “hit back” at his enemies Mujib Kasule (Proline) and Allan Ssewanyana (Katwe, Big League) whose clubs were in relegation.
He stressed that Magogo would have found a way out to save either SC Villa, Express or KCCA FC if any of them was in relegation.
“In short, Magogo has usurped all powers of the UPL putting a muzzle mask on a barking dog.
“Unfortunately, several clubs sold their soul to Fufa and willfully obeys whatever is presented to them. How else could KCCA celebrate to be nominated to represent Uganda in the Caf Confederation Cup next season when there is no legal parameter for that?”
- Find Misagga’s full opinion here