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Simba FC to Miss 2012 Orange Confederations Cup

Simba Football Club will miss out on representing Uganda at the 2012 CAF Orange Confederation Cup after failing to pay US$10,000 security fee asked by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
Simba Football Club will miss out on representing Uganda at the 2012 CAF Orange Confederation Cup after failing to pay US$10,000 security fee asked by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).

Simba coach Fred Kajoba told URN on Tuesday he was saddened that after the club worked hard to qualify they have failed to raise money to participate in the continental competition. The army side beat Uganda Revenue Authority in the finals of Uganda Cup to qualify for the Confederation Cup.

 

 Kajoba is now with the Cranes team heading to Morocco before ahead of the start of the LG Africa Cup.

FUFA had insisted that Uganda’s two representatives on the continent next year URA (Orange Champions League) and Simba (Orange Confederations Cup) must first pay the security fee before their names are sent to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to be considered for the draws. Last Friday URA responded and paid, while the army side has been trying to speak to the Federation but eventually gave up and said they will not represent the county.

FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson confirmed to URN that Simba are out of the CAF competition. He however said they will try to convince other teams like SC Villa, Express or KCC to take up the slot.

The Federation had explained a month ago that the security fee was simply for security purposes so that the teams are taken seriously and don’t withdraw along the way and make the Federation to incur penalties from CAF. They argued that the money would be returned if the clubs did not withdraw along the way. But the two teams had reasoned that the CAF rules don’t mention anything like security fee.

Kajoba, a former national goalkeeper says he plans to hold a meeting with his bosses when he returns from Morocco to discuss his future and the ambition of the club.

Last year, SC Villa’s last minute withdrawal from Orange Confederations Cup cost FUFA a fine of US$3000 while the federation footed another fine of US$5000 for the indiscipline exhibited by the KCC fans in South Africa during a match against Super Sport FC in 2009.

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