Onduparaka respond to FUFA rulings of Abandoned game with KCCA FC
Onduparaka FC have admitted that the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel rulings on their abandoned Match with KCCA was fair in making.
This was revelead through a documented letter released by the club on Monday January 3rd, 2022.
The said game between Onduparaka and KCCA was prematurely ended in added time at 2-2 after the home fans stormed the pitch in protest of Referee Ronald Madanda’s decision to award KCCA FC a late penalty.
As a result, the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel took action after making further investigations game. The CDP ordered the abandoned game to be replayed at a neutral, Onduparaka as well was deducted two points and two goals from the already accumulated points.
Onduparaka’s Vice Captain Rashid Okocha was suspended till 31st May 2022, Club CEO Edson Saba Saba was as well suspended for 90 days.
Following the above decision, the club has come out and admitted that it was a fair ruling.
“Onduparaka Football Club welcomes the ruling of FUFA Disciplinary Panel on 31st December 2021 pertaining to events that transpired on Match Day 13 at the Ababet Greenlight Stadium. Whereas the club has lost 2 valuable points, 2 goals, services of its core player Okocha Rashid and the club C.E.O, we believe the decision was fair, inclusive and considerate of the evidence provided by match officials, the two clubs and well-wishers in football, reads a statement from the Club.
This unanimous judgment by the panel reaffirms Onduparaka FC’s strong view that the club and the entire sports fraternity including officials have a joint responsibility in upholding clean competition in Uganda.
Furthermore, the club says it is joint responsibility by all clubs to bring Harmony into the game.
“Onduparaka FC and other clubs must partner if we are to have any chance in protecting the integrity of fair competition. This partnership allows Onduparaka FC, in harmony with other clubs and the Federation, to run a holistic anti-hooliganism and fair officiation campaign focused on prevention, education, investigation and enforcement.”
In the said abandoned game, Referee Ronald Madanda awarded two controversial penalties and one for KCCA caused home fans to invade the pitch.
As seen on Sanyuka Tv on that day, most of the hostile fans had banners protesting against poor Officiating and match fixing allegations, something Onduparaka says it’s not against Clubs.
“As a Football club, we believe it is important that the sports community understands that the fight against bad officiation and match fixing, is not a fight against clubs, Football as a sport or the administrators of Football. We would like to thank the media and the general public for offering the necessary information in this process to the committee for the purposes. We also thank our fans committee for the leadership provided to the fans in the compilation of necessary evidence and sensitization.”