Fufa, clubs agree to share Covid costs

Local soccer body, Fufa, and clubs involved in the playoffs to determine different teams to progress to top leagues have agreed to share Covid-19 related costs as football resumes.

Some of the SOP’s from Government and the Ministry of Health for football to restart include playing behind closed doors, regular social distancing, masking and sanitizing as well as quarantine of the teams (one-off tournament setting).

“The different club representatives in attendance shared their respective ideas and by the end of the meeting, it was agreed upon that Fufa would cost share the COVID-19 testing costs with the clubs, meet the accommodation, feeding of the team players and officials as well as provision of medical services for all the teams during the matches,” said Fufa president Moses Magogo.

Edrine Ochieng, the president Gaddafi Football Club, was one of the several chairmen that welcomed the development.

“The consultations between Fufa and the clubs is good enough. It shows the element of fair-play. With Fufa coming in with the cost sharing aspect, we are humbled.”

Clubs further called upon Fufa to continue engaging the Government to reduce the cost of the COVID-19 tests from Shs240,000.

Joseph Collins Ssemanda (Ndejje University) suggested: “If the sporting merit fails to determine the promoted clubs, then the club licensing measure should be considered to determine the prepared clubs in case football cannot be played.”

Fufa Technical Center, Njeru has been confirmed as the venue for these play-offs.

The Fufa Competitions Department will release the detailed program and exact dates for the play-offs.

Tentatively, the play-offs for the StarTimes Fufa Big League clubs kick off date has been set for November 10.

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