Vipers Sports Club president Dr Lawrence Mulindwa has advised the Uganda Premier League secretariat and the local football governing body, FUFA to crown Express league champions.
The honorary FUFA president made his sentiments clear during an interview on Sanyuka TV on Monday morning.
The 2020/21 UPL season was indefinitely suspended to curb the spread of Coronavirus with four rounds left to the end of the regular season. Express currently tops the table with 58 points ahead of URA (57) and Vipers (56).
Mulindwa says the 75% rule should be invoked just like it was applied last season inorder to enable Express make early preparations for next season’s CAF Champions League.
“Express should be declared as champions of this season. We are facing the problem of COVID which is not going to end in July. We shouldn’t be shy and I’m looking at this as one of the administrators of Ugandan football,” stated Mulindwa.
“It was not our wish that it should come, let Express be declared the winner of 2020/21 season and we move on to enable them prepare well, strengthen the team, technical bench and mobilize resources for the continent. COVID-19 happened and nobody wanted it, FUFA and UPL shouldn’t waste any additional minute,” he added.
He says the resumption could bring health uncertainties and a surge in COVID-19 cases amongst players despite having taken vaccination shots.
“How do you trust those players playing against each other? Even if you say there is vaccination, it’s not treatment so there can’t be assurance. And with poverty in our clubs, which one are ready to do regular testing? We shouldn’t risk the life of Ugandans for the sake of ‘the Cup’? Mulindwa questioned.
The Venoms’ patron further expressed willingness to harbour Express’ continental engagements next season at the St Mary’s Stadium as it was the case with KCCA and Uganda Cranes’ failed AFCON qualification campaign.
“The rule is abit ambiguous, they can sit and decide, with all the sincerity and not being selfish, I know what it takes to represent the country in continental football. We are ready to host Express to host CAF games, we shall host it just as we do for the National team and KCCA.”
Last week, FUFA confirmed engaging government authorities and the prime minister Robina Nabbanja seeking for a 14-day permission to have the remaining league matches held and enable Uganda Cranes hold training for the CECAFA challenge Cup.
FUFA third vice-president Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi had earlier moved a motion to end the league prematurely. UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani also supported the motion.