Police FC chairman who also doubles as the AIGP Asan Kasingye has called upon all the semi-finalists of the Stanbic Uganda Cup to accept the invitation and play the tournament to completion.
This he said in the aftermath of the breakfast meeting organized by both FUFA and the UPL secretariat for only clubs in the topflight league. The workshop was held at Imperial Royale Hotel this Tuesday August 10th.
It must be remembered that the semi-finals draws that were intended at seeing the competition played to a finish, were held on Monday morning at FUFA house in Mengo.
The draws saw Vipers SC draw against Police FC while Express FC were drawn against Busoga side BUL FC with the fixtures slated to take place between the dates of 19th – 31st of August over two legs.
While addressing the media about the issue, Kasingye confirmed that Police FC would participate in the fixtures as he expounded:
“Police FC is going to play in the Uganda Cup because the COVID-19 situation is not going to stop today or tomorrow. I can see we are going to live with the pandemic for quite a long time but sports can not hold.”
The two months lockdown indeed halted all sporting activities in the country and the economy at large, something that forced the majority of these clubs to grant off-season vacation permission to their players.
Asking teams to mobilize a competitive squad in a space of just a week to the tournament resumption dates will surely be a case of considerable difficulty. Not forgetting the mandatory Covid-19 testing required by the Ministry of Health (MoH), that must take a fortnight.
Despites these hardships, the Police FC chairman urged the involved clubs to take part and see that the tournament is concluded in a sporting manner.
“So let the clubs understand this kind of situation and be able to play with the capacity that we have. At the end of the day we are not all going to win but it is an experience on how to plan better. I call upon the other clubs at this level to join us.” He fittingly added.
It should be noted that following the premature conclusion of last season, the federation named URA FC as Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup the forthcoming season, a place normally taken by a Uganda Cup winner.
As a result, this meant that the motivation to win the tournament will only be the prize money as opposed to continental representation.
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