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SC Victoria's Request To Play CAF Football Rejected

A request by Victoria University to send its football team to represent Uganda in the continental competitions has been turned down by FUFA for lack of requisite qualifications.
A request by Victoria University to send its football team to represent Uganda in the continental competitions has been turned down by FUFA for lack of requisite qualifications.

FUFA Vice President in-charge of the League, Mujib Kasule, says Sports Club Victoria, the team owned by the University, wrote to the football Federation indicating that they had the money to represent Uganda in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup, but that FUFA rejected because they were not qualified enough.

 

Uganda Revenue Authority FC, who were supposed to represent Uganda this year after winning the Bell Kakungulu Cup, opted for the more lucrative Orange Champions League slot after League winners Express FC failed to register. The Red Eagles cited lack of funds as the reason for their withdrawal from taking part in the CAF competitions.

It is at this point that SC Victoria expressed interest, telling FUFA that they had the money to participate. But Kasule says it is not all about having the money to take part in the tournament, adding that FUFA took into account the performance of SC Victoria in the Bell Kakungulu Cup where they bowed out only in the second round.

 

He further explained that the Federation looked at Vipers FC which had come second to URA and the other teams which managed to make it to the semi finals of the Kakungulu Cup, but they also refused to take up the slot. Kasule reasoned that the standards have to be kept in place and not simply any team with money being in position to represent the country.

Before entering any CAF competitions, Ugandan clubs are required to deposit 10,000 US dollars with FUFA as commitment fee in case they pull out of the competitions.

 

But Victoria University Executive Director, Simo S. Dubajic, told Uganda Radio Network in a separate interview that since no clubs seemed to have the money to represent Uganda at the continent, SC Victoria was ready to take part because they had a good team and invested heavily on recruiting good players. Dubajic says

According to Dubajic, FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson wrote back saying the Federation could not allow them take part in the CAF Confederations Cup.

 

Dubajic also said he is waiting for the final decision by the Minister of Education and Sports Jessica Alupo on January 31 on having one League before they make their next move as a club. He says that if the environment is not right, the university might consider closing or selling the team.

Currently Uganda is having two football leagues, one run by FUFA and another managed by Uganda Super League Limited.

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