Uganda Cup: Vipers petition tournament resumption dates

Vipers SC have this morning challenged the scheduled dates intended by both FUFA and Cup organizers to see a resumption to the forlorn tournament on the 19th to the 31st of August 2021.

In a letter directed to the FUFA Competitions Director, the club CEO Simon Peter Njuba needed no invitation to express their inability to set up a competitive side on such short notice given that some of their players do not even live in the country.

Njuba further reminds the Competitions Director that their players were sent to off-season on the 24th of June following the stoppage of the season courtesy of a lockdown on all sports events that was announced by the government two months ago.

It will therefore pose serious challenges for the club to gather players in a space of just a week, players that have rested for 62days since 6th June and also putting into account their fitness levels.

Furthermore, the logistics and required time to handle the testing for Covid-19 for both players and staff will have to take another fortnight as a requirement by the Ministry of health.

The Venoms will therefore be ready to take part in the semi-finals of this Competition starting on August 30th according to their Chief Executive Officer.

The general feeling is that the challenges cited by the Kitende side are also shared by the other semi-finalists in BUL FC and Police apart from Express FC who are already competing at the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Tanzania.

It must also be remembered that following the premature conclusion of the season, the federation granted URA FC the right to represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup so any efforts to get a winner of the tournament will only help in the awarding of prize money.

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