Uganda Premier League CEO Bernard Bainamani has agreed with Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi’s plea to end the season.
Nakiwala, FUFA Vice President and former Express chairperson, wrote to UPL and FUFA asking for the ending of the season after sports activities were suspended for 42 days by the Government.
The decision, if accepted, will see league leaders Express FC declared champions – Their first title since 2012.
“Reference is made to your letter dated 26th June 2021 received via WhatsApp and our earlier telephone conversation in regard to the above subject,” reads a response from letter from Bainamani.
“The UPL Secretariat and Board have had internal consultations on the status of the league given the current COVID-19 situation in the country as well as the government lockdown on sports activities among others.
“We have also consulted clubs on some of our official platforms and reached out to most of the clubs individually to seek their views on the status of the league.”
Bainamani comfirmed in the letter that “some clubs have individually called us questioning why we have not applied the 75% rule and ended the league as it was done last season (2019/2020).”
He also stated that few clubs want UPL to explore possibilities of playing out the season on the pitch.
He added that UPL has reached out to the FUFA Secretariat seeking their views on the same matter.
Bainamani revealed that they are considering;
The above consultations,
The pertinent issues you have highlighted in your letter which we strongly agree with,
The fact that as per your letter, the engagement with the government was only about the continental engagements,
The fact that we are 3 days to the end of the FUFA Season Calendar and 4 days to enter a new FUFA Season Calendar which needs to be planned for and we are actually too late for some processes such as regulations review, club licensing preparations, etc,
The fact that everyday we delay to take a final decision on the status of the league is a cost on the side of the clubs among others,
“We strongly recommend that we invoke Article 18(1)(c) & (d) and end the 2020/2021 SUPL season and start planning for 2021/2022 season which if all goes we intend to kick off the league in the second week of September 2021.”
With only four (three to some clubs) matchdays left to play, more than 75% of the league has been played.
Last season, Vipers SC were declared champions with five matchdays remaining.
The Wankulukuku based Express are on 58 points, one point ahead of URA FC and two ahead of Vipers who are second and third in that order on the 16-team league log.
The decision to end the season may also see Kyetume join MYDA and Kitara as they three relegated sides.
FUFA President Moses Magogo recently confirmed that they had engaged Government and asked for two weeks to play out the season.
The Federation received a respite when CAF extended deadlines for clubs and players registration deadlines to August 15 2021 ahead of the interclub competitions which start on September 10 with preliminary rounds.
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