Nam Blazers have officially lost their game against City Oilers on forfeiture after losing their appeal for using an eligible player.
The newcomers saw their 71-66 win against City Oilers on April 17, 2021 reversed by FUBA for fielding Geoffrey Soro who had not acquired a Letter Of Clearance (LOC).
For violating article 3.01 of the FUBA rules and regulations on player eligibility, Nam Blazers lost their game 20-00 (forfeit), fined Usd40 while Soro was handed a two game ban and a fine of Usd20.
“Considering how tough this penalty was to us, we appealed to the JURRY OF APPEAL on 22nd April, 2021 hoping for a lighter penalty,” said the club CEO Hajji Farouk Zzinda.
“In our appeal we sighted a number of reasons and circumstances sorrounding why this decision was so tough on us.”
In their defence, Nam Blazers stated that FUBA cleared their team to play without sighting any anomaly after they submitted and registered the team to play for the 2021 League season.
Nam Blazers went on and requested FUBA to find an amicable way to resolve the matter without ‘damaging the sport.’
However, FUBA has not walked back on their initial ruling as the Jury of Appeal voted 4-2 to uphold the full decision of the Technical Committee.
Soro will miss games against KCCA Panthers this weekend and Falcons next weekend.
“We would like to urge our fans and well wishers to remain calm,” adds Zzinda.
“Management would like to accept the ruling of these commitees and takes full responsibilty for this situation.
“We are however committed to serve this organisation and set backs like this one only make us stronger.”
However, the ruling will be met with negative reviews as many will doubt the independence of the FUBA Tribunal and Committee that has Nicholas Natuhereza and Andrew Tendo who are coaches of UCU and City Oilers, who are direct title competitors with Nam Blazers this season.