The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) is set enforce a Force Majeure clause to end the season due to the current COVID-19 situation.
This comes after President Museveni announced a 42-day national lockdown which will end not until July 30 2021.
The chances of the 2020/21 season having a natural ending looks unrealistic.
FUFA competition rules article 18 about Failure to Complete the League state:
Where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure fails to be completed within the season, the
league winner shall be determined as follows:
1) Before each and every Club has completed its first round fixture the league shall be declared null and
2) Where all the Clubs in each group have completed the first round fixture but less than 75% league games in either group have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standing of the league for the respective group/competition.
3) Where 75% or more league games in either group have been played, the following formula shall be used by TOC to determine the table positions for the respective group: Total number of points earned from the number of games played multiplied by the total number of games supposed to be played divided by the number of games played.
The StarTimes Ugandan Premier League had already played over 86% of games and had thus passed the 75 per cent threshold in Article 18 of FUFA’s competition rules.
Therefore, Express FC who are top of the table with 58 points will be declared champions for the 2020/21 season, as it was the case for Vipers last season.
If this comes to pass, Kyetume will join MYDA and Kitara as the three relegated teams to play in FUFA Big League next season.
This, will be Express FC’s seventh league title, their first since 2011.
Founded in 1957, the title will see Express book a ticket to CAF Champions League.
Declaring Express FC champions may not settle well with title competitors URA and Vipers who are just one and two points right behind in that order.
Express, just like URA and Vipers, had played 26 games. The Red Eagles menu still had Wakiso Giants (A), MYDA (H), BUL (H) and KCCA (A).
Express FC CEO Isaac Mwesigwa told the club media: “As a club, we are prepared to play out our remaining games of the season but unfortunately the current Covid19 situation has made it impossible so for now we can only wait further communication from FUFA on a way forward.”
It has been an impressive season for the Red Eagles who finished 9th with 31 points a season before!
The Stanbic Uganda Cup was at the semifinal stage, awaiting draw, and FUFA may hang on for the remaining games, and so are the FUFA Big League playoffs.
However, there is no guarantee that the 42-day lockdown will not be extended on expiry. FUFA Elite and Super League had concluded while the Regional Leagues were earlier cancelled days to kickoff. There will be no Odilo and FUFA Drum as it stands.
The sweeping new anti-coronavirus measures include a ban on public transport and gatherings while Curfew start as early as 7pm. Over 500 Covid19 deaths have been reported, putting restart of competitions unrealistic in the coming mont