The decision stems from several incidents of match-fixing, which have the local football industry including the most recent incident where FUFA was forced to ban three officials for trying to influence the results in the Uganda Cup match between Tooro United and Five stars FC.
This came after the United Arab Emirates- UAE temporarily suspended flights from Uganda to Dubai until further notice although they made it clear that incoming Emirates flights from Dubai are still operational.
Although fans would wish to support the Uganda girls as they tussle it out with other countries in the region, Nakiwala made it clear that only players and accredited officials will be allowed to access the games. She maintained that strict COVID-19 Standard operating Procedures will be observed.
“FUFA has directed its various Bodies concerned with the organization of the FUFA Competitions to include Sports Club Villa in the FUFA Competitions fixtures inclusive of the fixtures of the 2021/22 Uganda Premier League with immediate effect”. Statement from FUFA
The League will return to action after almost five months. The last contest ended prematurely after the outbreak of the second wave of Covid-19 that forced the President to suspend all sporting activities.
“The FUFA Competitions Department has postponed the Semifinals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup that were due to be played between 19th and 30th August 2021. The decision was taken to give the National team more time to continue with preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers as the Uganda Cranes will play against Kenya and Mali next month. The Competitions Department will communicate new dates”. Hussein revealed
FUFA’s Competition Director, Aisha Nalule, says that both semifinals will take place at the respective home grounds of the teams involved. However, all matches will take place behind closed doors as directed by the president.
This morning, Robert Kabushenga took to his tweeter handle, cautioning the newly appointed gaffer not to cry again if he is not paid like it was the case before. “Coach Micho, I hope this time you have been paid in advance. Unless of course you are returning as a volunteer. If they pickpocket you again don’t come here to make noise for us,” Kabushenga said in a tweet.
“All Star Times UPL matches scheduled for Saturday 19th June 2021 and Sunday 20th June 2021 have been postponed; FUFA will give further guidance on the remaining match days in the near future” -Ahmed Hussein