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Reserve League put to hold

Mujib Kasule, VP in charge USL

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has directed that the kick off of the Uganda Super League Reserve competition be put on hold until some urgent requirements are fulfilled. The Federation has cited a number of irregularities in its organisation.

Elsewhere, Uganda’s National Women Team now code named “Crested Cranes” will travel to Egypt next week for an international friendly match against the home side on December 14. The team is preparing for the 8th Africa women championship where they play DR Congo in January 2012.

The USL Reserve league is a very brilliant idea but the issues to do with rules, licenses and logistics among others have not yet been put clear before the Federation. “It is a good product but the manner in which it was put in place will not serve the purpose. We do not want to push out a baby and it dies after just weeks,” Mujib Kasule, the FA Vice President in charge of USL said. The Federation doesn’t have any intentions to block the competition and it will be cleared as soon as our concerns are addressed by the organizers.

Meanwhile Hoima FC have tendered in an appeal to the FUFA Appeals Committee on the financial fine imposed on them by the USL upon reinstating them in the Premier League. The appeal is on the UG Shs. 30m required of them by USL as a fine. The Appeals Committee chaired by a Kampala prominent Lawyer Richard Kiboneka sits soon to pronounce itself on this appeal.

Contrary to FUFA directive for Busia-based merger club to be accepted in the top flight competition, USL last week kept them out of action arguing that they had failed to pay sh32m as required by the organizers. This provoked Hoima to petition FUFA for an intervention.
The club had reportedly presented a Kenyan bank cheque as commitment to USL chairman Kavuma Kabenge just before the deadline, which he rejected and demanded for cash on their account.
In another development, a referees’ fitness test will be conducted for referees who will officiate the Super League matches. It is scheduled for Saturday 10th December 2011 starting 7:00am in Mandela National Stadium. The exercise will be conducted by FRSC in presence of Fitness Instructor Haruna  Kebba Haruna. Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson warned that no referee would be appointed to handle a league match without passing this fitness test.

(By Rogers Mulindwa-Head of Communications, FUFA)

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