FUFA deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza says it is the clubs to blame for the delayed release of the 2021/22 Uganda Premier league fixtures.
Kiiza made those remarks while appearing on the Abakamanyi Sports show of CBS 88.8 Fm on Thursday.
The release of fixture drafts were scheduled for the 13th of September 2021, with the final fixtures set to be released on 20th the same month. However, there has been a delay in Club licensing which has also affected the process.
And when asked about the delayed release of the fixtures, Kiiza was quick to say:
“It’s the clubs to blame for the delayed release of fixtures. We implored clubs to give us atleast 15 players fully registered but we have a lot of difficulties for clubs to raise the said players.”
The deadline to submit all the required documents for the club licensing process was slated for August 20, 2021. However most clubs have failed to beat up the deadline hence halting the release of fixtures as well.
With the days fast approaching to the new season, Kiiza is still hopeful that the fixtures will be released a month before.
“But I think everything will be put to place and I’m hopeful we shall release the fixtures a month before.”
Earlier this week, FUFA slapped a fine worth Sh500,000 to nine Uganda Premier League club’s for faliure to beat the deadline and violating FUFA club licensing regulations.
The culprits are BUL FC, Police FC, UPDF FC, Onduparaka FC, Busoga United, Tooro United, Arua Hills FC, Gaddafi FC and SC Villa who were all caught at the wrong side of the FUFA club licensing exercise.
The 2021/22 UPL season will kickoff on October 15, 2021.