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Nam Blazers Contest FUBA Ruling After Win Over City Oilers Overturned

Namuwongo Blazers have appealed an earlier ruling by FUBA that saw their win over City Oilers overturned.

FUBA found Nam Blazers guilty of fielding an ‘ineligible’ player when they beat City Oilers 71-66 in the league opener on April 17, 2021 at KIU Court in Kansanga.

The said player, Geoffrey Soro, played 33:58 minutes on court, scoring 10 points for his side.

FUBA says that Soro, who recently played in Kyrgyzstan in February/March, was ineligible because he was not cleared at the time when he played!

The letter, that was sent to Nam Blazers from FUBA, recently reads in part:

“The competition council (CC) regrettably noted that your team fielded player Geoffrey Soro thereby violating article 101 of the FUBA rules and regulations on player eligibility.

“Both player Geoffrey Soro, bear responsibility for stepping on court yet ineligible given he had no letter of clearance as the time he played, and the team for fielding a player well knowing he was not yet cleared to play. This responsibility is borne by both the player and the team.”

For breaching article 3.01 of FUBA rules and regulations on player eligibility, FUBA overturned the win in favour of City Oilers, with Nam Blazers handed a financial fine as well, and Soro given a two-match ban.

However, the club appealed recently, with the case awaiting a final ruling.

Efforts to reach Nam Blazers or FUBA official over the matter have been futile but recent League standings released on Wednesday indicate that Nam Blazers have one win from two games.

After that ‘win’ over City Oilers on the opening weekend, Nam Blazers beat UCU Canons 66-45 last Saturday in Kansanga.


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