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Fufa optimistic season will be completed

Fufa president Moses Magogo remains positive that the football season in Uganda will still be completed despite the uncertainty brought upon by the Coronavirus.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Musevni is due to address the nation on lockdown measures, which also caught sporting activity, later on Monday evening, and that will partly address the way forward for football.

But even as Fufa and the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) remain in a state of uncertainty on what the President might advise, Magogo believes the national league retains a good chance of being successfully completed on the field of play.

“We really hoped to do many things during the offseason for club football,” Magogo told upl.co.ug, “But with the league still in balance we are limited.

“We still think with five rounds (of UPL) remaining we need a maximum of one month to determine the winners and losers sportingly on pitch.”

The Fufa president added: “Not until we see that we can’t have the one month by August that is when we shall entertain the discussion of which buttons to press.”

“We (also) have the option of extending the start of 2020/21 season to October in the worst case scenario.

“We also have a contingency rule of 75% of the league which was last used 29 years ago in Uganda.”

Article 18 (ii) of Fufa’s competition rules on failure to complete the league due to force majeure states that “where all the clubs in the league have completed the first round fixtures but less than 75% league games have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standing of the league.”

Currently, 83 per cent of league matches have been played. Should the season fail to continue, Vipers – who at 54 points from 25 matches top KCCA by four – will be declared champions and Proline, Tooro United and Maroons relegated.

 

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