FUFA, UPL Not Ready to Press the Panic Button

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Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and the Uganda Premier League secretariat are devising all possible means to enable the 2020/21 top-flight league wrap up the remaining games.

The league was last week suspended for 42 days as president Museveni announced directives aimed at combating the spread of the Coronavirus second wave.

UPL chief executive officer Bernard Bainamani said when the previous campaign was prematurely ended with five rounds to play, league sponsors StarTimes retained 10 percent of the financial package hence the league management will want to deploy all means to avoid invoking of the 75-percent force majeure clause.

“We had to settle for a 10-percent reduction from the sponsors last season because the league didn’t conclude,” Bainamani told the Daily Monitor on Monday.

He added, this is one of the reasons we want to explore the option of completion to avoid such a loss. But the most important thing is to have champions and teams relegated declared sportingly if we can but if it fails, then we use the 75 percent rule.”

ChimpReports establishes that FUFA and UPL will have a meeting with the state prime minister Robina Nabbanja in a move aimed at convincing her allow the final league games end in 14 days and enable the Uganda Cranes (now in camp) prepare for Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

Also, FUFA will need to submit participants of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup before the deadline day of July 31st.

Uganda Premier League champions represent the country in the Champions League while FUFA reserves the rights to decide the Confederations Cup representatives, a slot which is usually filled by Uganda Cup winner.

The prestigious Uganda Cup was last season cancelled at the quarter-final stage due to the COVID-19 outbreak before FUFA decided KCCA would feature in the Confederations Cup who were runners up in the domestic league.

By the time this season’s league was suspended, Express were on top of the pile with 58 points, one and two better of URA FC and Vipers Sports Club in second and third place respectively.

While the Uganda Cup tournament was at the semi-final stage. Police, Express, Vipers SC and BUL FC had all booked berths for this stage.

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Source – ChimpReports

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