Federation of Uganda Basketball Association has decided to cancel the National Basketball League for the 2021 season.
The Basketball season has been on hold since June 3rd, when NCS directed FUBA to suspend “with immediate effect” all planned fixtures for the season “until further notice” due to failure to comply with Covid19 guidelines.
In recent weeks, after a series of meetings, the Federation had decided on resuming the season on October 2nd.
However, the move was pending confirmation for at least eight teams for resumption. Each team was asked to pay Sh600,000 to register.
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Per Monday’s deadline, only five NBL (Men) – UCU Canons, Betway Power, UPDF Tomahawks, KCCA Panthers and Falcons – had confirmed registration while two NBL Women teams – UCU Lady Canons and KCCA Leopards had registered.
Four Division one Women teams – Miracle Eaglets, JKL Junior, Lady Jills and Watoto Ladies had confirmed participation.
“It is evident that the NBL (Men and Women) and Division One Women Leagues have failed to meet the required threshold for resumption,” reads a statement from FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi on Tuesday seen by The-SportsNation.
“The said leagues are hereby therefore canceled forthwith and the status quo as at the end of 2019 season for respective leagues is maintained accordingly.”
The Men’s Division One and Division Two are expected to go on after the teams met the required threshold.
Sserunjogi added: “Division 1 (men) and Division 2 have met the required threshold of at least eight (8) teams for the resumption and shall therefore resume accordingly upon fulfillment of all the requiremnets and guidelines put in place by the FUBA competition Council.”
“The Competitions Council shall guide and advise on how to handle the issues of promotion from Division 1 to NBL for 2022 season.”
Confirmed Teams for Division One (men) and Two:
Division One (Men) Teams – Our Saviour, Kampala Rockets, Tropical Royals, Rez Life, Diamonds in the Sun, Gulu Hawks, Knight Riders, Entebbe Archers and Charging Rhino
Division Two – Governors, Miracle Eagles, Emperors, Kings Basketball, Watoto Men, JKL Junior Men, Livingston, Berkley, Vegetarian