Federation of Uganda Basketball Association’s Competition Council have been tolerant to City Oilers after the seven-time defending Champions breached foreign players quota.
City Oilers were skating on thin ice when they used five foreign players – last Saturday in a 68-51 win over Betway Power.
The five foreign players used are Ruai Luak (South Sudan), Emmanuel Makuei (South Sudan), Odur Okoth Fidel (Kenya), Landry Ndikumana (Burundi) and Michael Makiaidi (Kenya).
This was in breach of competitions rule article 2.01 (L) that says that a team “shall can register a a maximum of only four foreign players.”
With the punishment being fine of $500 or suspension from the league, Oilers have walked away unscathed.
In a letter sent to all clubs, FUBA’s Donald Byabazaire has confirmed that Oilers have recieved a mere warning.
The letter reads in part: “The Competitions Council’s attention attention has been drawn to the issue of the number of foreign players to be field on game day and complaints from some teams about the same regarding their opponents. We hereby remind all teams about this memo that was sent out last year (we also note the season didnt happen) to follow the memo directives.
“Teams with more than four (4) foreign players on their rosters shall be further individually communicated to about how many can be fielded on game day. And those that may have fielded on game day . And those that may have fielded more than four players in this 2021 season shall be sternly warned about it.
“Moving onwards and with this reminder in place, the rule and sanctions therein shall apply effective tomorrow Saturday May 2021.”
It will be seen as double standards from FUBA who recently fined and banned Nam Blazers and KCCA Leopards over use of ineligible players Geoffrey Soro and Claire Lamunu respectively.
Saturday, May 8 (UCU Mukono)
*Nam Blazers Vs Falcons – 10am
*UPDF Tomahawks Vs City Oilers – 12pm
*UCU Lady Canons Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 2pm
*JKL Dolphins Vs UCU Canons – 4pm
Sunday, May 9 (KIU, Kansanga)
*KIU Rangers Vs KCCA Leopards – 10am
*Magic Stormers Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 12pm
*Nam Blazers Vs Ndejje University – 2pm
*UCU Canons Vs KIU Titans – 4pm