Covid-19 forces Fufa to indefinitely postpone 2020/21 season

In the statement, Fufa said it would communicate new dates in due course after obtaining the necessary clearance from Government.

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Federation of Uganda Football Associations, FUFA has announced indefinite postponement of three of its suctioned competitions.

“Further to FUFA Circular 1141 the FUFA Executive has decided that in view of the prevailing circumstances the following Competitions for the season 2020/21 have been postponed indefinitely…,” Fufa Monday said.

The competitions postponed are; the StarTimes Uganda Premier League Match Days 27 to 30, the StarTimes FUFA Big League Play offs and and Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The Uganda Cup had before the break, reached the semi-final stage.

In the statement, Fufa said it would communicate new dates in due course after obtaining the necessary clearance from Government.

To stop the spread of Coronavirus, Fufa has encouraged the football family to continue observing SOPs and abide by the Presidential Directives and Ministry of Health guidelines.

During his address on the covid-19 situation in the country on June 18, 2021, president Yoweri Museveni directed that all sporting activities be suspended for 42 days.

In response, Fufa put on hold Uganda Premier League Matchday 27 games and promised they would provide a clear direction in the near future.

Before, the presidential directives however, the federation had already cancelled the regional leagues.

The topflight league has been halted with Express FC leading the table with 58 points followed by URA and Vipers on 57 and 56 respectively.

A chance for Express to be declared champions?

In her letter dated June 17,2021, former Express Chairperson and current Fufa Vice President in charge of the UPL, Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi suggested that the league be stopped and the Red Eagles be crowned champions.

Citing the 2020 scenario where Vipers were announced winners with five games left to play, Nakiwala asked president Moses Magogo to evoke the rule that allows the country’s football governing body to declare a team champions in case a league is prematurely stopped after 75% of the season has been completed.

“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,” Hon Nakiwala wrote.

“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)”, she added.

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