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Lweza coach handed two-match ban

Lweza assistant coach Hamza Kalanzi will miss his club’s next two Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) matches through suspension.

It is alleged that during the UPL match #181 between JMC Hippos and Lweza played on April 8 at Kakindu Stadium in Jinja, Kalanzi verbally assaulted the day’s referees.

“It was noted in the report form and witness of a person of authority, as well as the Azam recording, that Lweza FC assistant coach Kalanzi Hamza verbally attacked the day’s referees…” reads in part a letter from the league secretariat signed by CEO Bernard Bainamani.

It continues: “…causing chaos that drew the attention of fans, who in turn wanted to beat him, thus calling for police intervention.

“As per Article 34 (3) of Fufa Competitions Rules, any member of the match crew at a Fufa competition match, who verbally attacks another member of the match crew or a spectator on top of any other sanctions and costs as may be applied, shall be fined 300UAs.

“Hence forth, Mr Kalanzi Hamza has been given a two match touchline ban effective Saturday 16th April 2016 (against Express), in addition to a fine of 300UAs (Shs300,000) payable before coming back to the technical bench.”

The match between JMC Hippos and Lweza, which the latter lost by a goal to nil, was more costly for the Wankulukuku side than meets the scoreline.

Four players including Fred Okot, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Michael Kabanda and Sula Bagala were all booked.

Article 20(5) of Fufa Competitions Rules provides that, “if a club/team accumulates four (4) or more cautions and /or send offs served within a single match, it shall pay a fine of 50 UAs to the TOC.”

It adds: “In event that the fine is not paid, such players shall be ineligible to play in subsequent matches irrespective of the number of cautions so far earned.”

The league secretariat invoked the above Article to fine Lweza “50 UAs (Shs50.000), which should be paid to UPL Secretariat before the said players are fielded for any AUPL match effective Saturday 16th April 2016.”

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