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Project Restart: UPL Kickoff Dates Set To Be Revised

Uganda Premier League CEO Bernard Bainamani Bampaire has revealed that the 2020/21 season kickoff dates may be altered.

The League start dates were tentatively set on October 17, 2020.

The new regulations on Sports Resumption issued out by President Museveni, requires testing players for Covid19 72 hours before the match and every after 14 days.

The President also highlighted that teams should quarantine players for the whole season in case of a tournament!

“Government has just given a greenlight to Sports Resumption, teams have not been training due to the lockdown and going by the new regulations, teams have to first test their players and have to be quarantined,” Bainamani told Now TV.

“The whole process of restarting realistically, the date of October 17th when we sit with our stakeholders may be revised.”

The 2019 UPL season was prematurely brought to an end due to Covid19 pandemic before Vipers were declared champions.

MYDA and UPDF FC were sportingly promoted to the too tier but a third team is yet to be confirmed with dates for playoffs yet to be set.

Kitara, Kataka, Kiboga Young (Mbale Heroes) and Ndejje will fight for the playoff spot.

With the Covid19 test for an individual costing sh240500, Clubs will fork out around Sh7m for each round of tests.

“The expenditure is going to increase, we want to make the right adjustments to help the clubs,” Bainamani added.

“We may see changes in fixture classification like two games may be played on the same pitch (2pm and 4pm) all in a bid to reduce the costs.”

Most club officials have asked FUFA among other stakeholders to sit with Government so as Covid19 test fees are subsidised.


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