The first day of the Copa Coca Cola National football competitions has been marred by delays and complaints over state of various play grounds used for the tournament.
The morning matches were delayed for an hour at many of the venues due the delay by the organizers to mark the pitches and also have the grass slashed.
The organizers were forced to move in to slash grass at venues which include Kigongi playground, Kigezi College Butobere playground, Ndorwa and Kigezi High school Primary playground.
At Kigezi college Butobere playground, the match between Standard High school Zaana and Tahweed High school Mayuge was delayed for an hour and 14 minutes as the referees were left with no choice but to ask the players to clear the grass from the playground as it had just been cut.
The match which was to start at 11:00am instead started at 12:14pm.
The decision to delay the match was reached after complaints raised by players of Bishop Angelo Negri College Gulu and those of Premier High School Hoima saying that although they had accepted to play from ground they were not happy as it was not well trimmed.
Goals from David Oringa and Deogratious Ojok handed a 2-1 victory to Bishop Angelo Negri College.
The situation was almost the same at Kigongi playground as Mbarara High School was held to a 2-2 draw by Masaka Secondary School.
The coach for Masaka Secondary School Mugerwa Simon Peter told Redpepper Online that the pitch was very and that it has a serious impact on their performance.
He says that the grounds were not fit to host the competitions.
The coach also complained about the referring. He accused the officiating referee Ronald Katenya of awarding an unfair penalty to Mbarara High School in stoppage time.
The referee Katenya denied any bias. He said he awarded the stoppage time penalty because a player was brought down inside the box.
The match was played without the nets in the goal posts as the ones which had been brought after the end of the second half could not fit in the goal posts.
At Ndorwa playground in Southern Division Kabale municipality where Rutooma Secondary School from Mbarara played against Kiboga progressive academy, the state of the pitch did not go down well with the players and their coaches.
Albert Mugizi, the coach for Rutooma, says that despite his team managing to beat their opponents by 3-0, the state of the pitch was very bad and was full of grass as it had been slashed in the early hours of today.
The situation worsened when it rained.
Two goals from Norman Ogiki and another from Jackson Atugonza handed a win to Rutooma Secondary School.
Benon Twinomujuni, the head teacher for Kigezi High School, which is hosting the competitions says that it is true that the state of the pitches is not good because they delayed to prepare them. He says this is because the fund were released late.
The competitions have attracted 60 teams from different sub regions of Uganda.
Additional Reporting By Agencies