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URA to Petition CAF Over Disqualification from Champions League

The management of Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club has said they will write to the Africa football governing body, CAF to complain about their disqualification from the Orange Africa Champions League after they failed to travel to Mali last week.
The management of Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club has said they will write to the Africa football governing body, CAF to complain about their disqualification from the Orange Africa Champions League after they failed to travel to Mali last week.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) communicated to FUFA late on Tuesday notifying the Ugandan representatives that they had been disqualified for failing to travel to Bamako, Mali for the return leg tie against Djoliba FC.

The Ugandan champions had lost the first leg 2-0 but communicated to CAF last week that they could not travel to Bamako because of the insecurity there following a military coup. The government of Uganda went ahead to advise URA FC not to risk flying to Mali because the country was not secure enough although the hosts had earlier communicated that security would be taken care of during the match.

Geoffrey Kyondo, the URA FC spokesman told URN this afternoon that they have received the communication from CAF and will respond accordingly. Kyondo said they were aware it was what CAF was likely to do, but they have all their supporting letters about not making the trip and recordings of what was happening in Mali.

Kyondo explained that CAF said the match officials had arrived in Bamako to handle the match, but as per Article 17 of CAF rules, URA had been disqualified and the report will be sent to the disciplinary committee.

Rogers Mulindwa, the FUFA communications officer said they would also write back to CAF to explain URA’s scenario and hope that the disqualification can be reversed. Last week FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson explained that incase URA is disqualified, they could be asked to pay US$1,500, face a three-year ban from international competitions and also pay another heavy fine after the committee has computed how much profit the Mali team would have made if the game had taken place.

The URA team will now have to shift their attention on trying to retain the Bell Lager League title and win the Bell Uganda Cup.

 

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