Tuesday 12th June 2018
Ivy’s Hotel, Wakaliga
Mbarara City F.C that has been widely accused of benefiting from dubious officiation appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into Football Officiation this Tuesday morning.
Mr. Fred Mugalu the CEO of Mbarara City, who was accompanied by Head Coach Sam Kawalya denied allegations that most of their home games, especially in the second round of the Azam Uganda Premier League, were characterised by biased officiation.
Without explaining, Mugalu laughed hard when they put it to him that Express F.C was among seven clubs that had named Mbarara City as a beneficiary of biased officiation.
‘ You mean even Express came here and complained about us. Express also complained?,’Mugalu wondered.Mugalu
He also argued that like other clubs, they had also suffered poor officiation by being denied obvious penalties and players getting questionable bookings.
Mugalu continued to admit that an assistant referee who disallowed KCCA’s goal against Mbarara erred.
The commission observed that the fact that five of the seven goals netted by Mbarara top scorer were through penalties, rises eyebrows.
Mugalu vehemently denied that they had influenced biased officiation at Kakyeka Stadium. Kawalya and Mugalu responded to numerous allegations against their club.
Earlier, UPDF F.C CEO Martin Juuko and PRO Edmund Kintu attributed their relegation to poor officiation.
Juuko revealed that UPDF still had pending appeals with the federation.
He noted that UPDF was not in the league to simply to play football but for public relations and would like to see a clean game.
He advised UPL to record videos of all matches and review referees performances.
Tomorrow Wednesday, June 13th, Villa and Maroons CEOs will appear before the commission at IVY’s Hotel.
MAIN PHOTO: UPDF FC Chief Executive Officer Junju Hamza appearing before the Inquiry into football officiation committed at IVY’s Hotel on Tuesday 12th June 2018.