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UPL: Kickoff Pushed To Early December, Strict Guidelines In Place

The 2020/21 Uganda Premier League kickoff is set for December 3rd 2020, The-SportsNation can confirm.

The League start dates were tentatively set on October 17, 2020 but later moved to another month in November due to the new restrictions on Sports Resumption.

FUFA has confirmed that the licensing committee will issue the 2020/21 licenses by November 3rd, 2020.

Players licenses and bench permits to be issued out by November 10 while the League fixture will be out on November 10.

After a recent meeting between FUFA, UPL board and the UPL Clubs, FUFA has issued a circular on the league’s resumption.

In a statement seen by The-SportsNation, FUFA has pledged to procure a government authorised authority as the official Covid19 testing centre.

This follows recent strict guidelines by Government on sports resumption to have players tested twice in a month.

FUFA has added that they will procure an in-house medical personnel on a fulltime basis for a renewable period of six months to undertake Covid19 responsibilities.

“Licensed players and technical staff for the 2020/21 season who will undertake sporting roles at training and matches will undergo a mandatory Covid19 test,” reads a statement from FUFA.

“Only persons who test negative and get issued with a FUFA Covid19 clearance certificate shall be eligible to participate in the team training and matches.”

FUFA has confirmed that testing of players and technical staff will be administered bi-weekly.

Players and officials found positive for Covid19 will not be allowed to make contact with the other members of the team for training or matches.

The Federation will issue COVID-19 Competitions Regulations to detail the execution of the authorised matches and training by the 15th November 2020 with the strict observation of training grounds and Stadium SOPs.

The statement also adds that a match shall only be rescheduled if a club has less than 10 outward players and 1 goalkeeper that are not positive to the Covid19 test.

Clubs will be fined or banned from FUFA competitions for repeated gross violation of the Covid19 competition regulations.

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