Former Express Football Club chairperson who’s also Fufa’s 3rd Vice President in Charge of the League, Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi has asked the federation to immediately declare the Red Eagles champions of the 2020/21 season.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has hit every sector across the world so hard; Uganda hasn’t been exception especially in the sports sector,” read the letter in parts.
“In as much as the president in his recent speech approved sports to continue but only under strict guidelines and S 0.Ps it’s evident across the country especially in the first and second tiers of Uganda’s top flight league, the fans due to their love to the beautiful game have not adhered to the S.O .Ps making to extremely difficult to continue having league matches under the current circumstances.
“I’d like to move the motion that the league be cancelled at this stage since all clubs have played up to 75% of their games as per the FUFA competitions committee rules, I believe In the spirit of safety this would certainly be the Ideal decision to make.
Surprisingly though, Ms Nakiwala’s letter came before June 18th, a day when president Museveni among other directives suspended all sporting activities for 42 days.
In the letter dated June 17,2021, the former minister in Museveni’s government cited last season’s scenario where Vipers were announced winners on an account that the league was stopped with five games left to play.
“Vipers SC won the league last season under those circumstances and with five games to spare which isn’t the case today (four to go)”, Nakiwala Kiyingi said.
Before Fufa announced on Saturday that they had suspended the league until further guidance, Express were on top of the table with 58 points. URA and Vipers follow in second and third with 57 and 56 respectively.
If the football governing body in the country heeds to Hon Nakiwala’s pleas and cancel the league, Express will win their seventh championship, their first since the 2011/2012 season.