Federation of Uganda Football Association has cancelled the Regional Leagues for the 2020/21 season.
The decision puts an end to a lot of uncertainties that had seen the kickoff of the leagues postponed on various occasions since last year.
The most recent postponement was made last month, just days to kickoff when regions like Kampala had already drafted the fixtures.
FUFA says the reason for cancellation is due to “supervisory and logistical hiccups” caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
“Efforts will be diverted to an early and timely kickoff of the 2021/2022 Regional League season,” reads a statement from the Federation.
“We urge everyone to continue and intensity efforts in the fight to stop the spread of COVID -19 in the Country. Together we can control the spread of the virus.”
Big Blow To Clubs
Jonasan Tumuhaise Tibatiina, the Manager of Six O’clock football says the decision is a big blow to clubs but adds that there was no better alternative given the prevailing Covid19 times.
“Some of us have been preparing for this league since last year around August,” Tibatiina says.
“We had our first transfer window where we spent a lot of money in signing players and sign-on fees but again we didnt play. The second window was in January and we spent again because I was targeting Big League promotion.”
On whether FUFA should have found a better alternative like playing the league at one venue like it was for the Women Elite and Super Leagues, Tibatiina says that it was not practical to the Federation financially due to high number of teams.
He explains: “There was surely no other alternative especially in the circumstances where you cannot travel. Those PCR tests are expensive, we have over 100 clubs in regional league, the types of pitches we have we could not even try playing behind closed doors like FUFA had directed.”
“What next? We have no choice, this is association Football and FUFA are the custodians of the game and whatever they say we follow.”
FUFA is yet to communicate on how promotional and relegation to and from the Regional will be handled.