Top teams are planning to withdraw from a proposed National Basketball League resumption, The-SportsNation has learnt.
FUBA recently confirmed October 2nd as the dates for league restart but with a couple of conditions that must be fulfilled.
In a letter from FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi dated September 10th, the league will only resume if at least eight teams confirm participation by Monday September 13th at 5pm.
“Failure to raise eight teams that have confirmed participation in the resumption by Monday 5pm, the league shall be canceled forthwith and the status quo as the end of 2019 shall be mantained,” reads a letter from Sserunjogi whp doubles as the President for KIU Titans.
“This simply means that the 2020-21 seasons shall be regarded as ‘dead’ seasons. The status of the champions, relegation and promotions across all leagues as the end of 2019 seasons shall be maintained.”
It should be noted that FUBA came to a resolution that the teams will pay an additional fee of UGX 600,000.
City Oilers, KIU Titans and JKL teams have reportedly shown disinterest in restart.
Fredricks ‘Freedom’ Owora of JKL briefly told The-SportsNation: “We are still weighing our options as to the viability of the league and as to whether it makes business sense at this time of the year.”
Other willing teams have sensed foul play from those who are against the idea of restart.
The teams believe that FUBA President Sserunjogi is pushing the cancellation of the season idea because it does not favour his already depleted KIU Titans.
The Titans have a couple of players already out of the country including Faisal Aden, Michael Bwanga, Ariel Okall and Peter Obleng while Denis Balungu is reportedly travelling out this week.
With Basketball Africa League around the corner, two teams will be representing the country this time round. With 2019/20 champions City Oilers and runners up UCU Canons set to be considered.
There is also a proposal of considering current log standings where City Oilers and KIU Titans sit atop.
Efforts to reach City Oilers and KIU Titans for a comment have been futile.
Nam Blazers Head of Operations Farouk Zzinda said: “Blazers plans to take part if the league is continuing but we would have loved for it to continue with the big guns involved. A weakened league will not be as challenging.”
UCU teams (Canons and Lady Canons) have been training ever since the league was suspended and coach Nicholas Natuhereza confirmed that “yes please” they are ready to take part in restart.