The Ministry of Education and Sports has decided that winners of the parallel Uganda Super League, Maroons FC will play in the lower Tier Big league in the 2013-2014 season.
Education Minister Jessica Alupo announced on Monday during a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre that in the restructuring that will see a new Uganda Premier League formed, 16 clubs will play in it minus Maroons FC.
Alupo said Maroons FC will only regain its place in the top League after applying to play in the FUFA Big league for the 2013/14 season and if it earns promotion at the end of that season, or whenever this happens.
She also stressed that although it emerged 4th in the FUFA Big League at the end of the 2011/12 season, Aurum Roses was invited to take the place of Maroons FC when the latter declined the offer to register for the new FSL for the 2012/13 season and opted to play in the USL.
The clubs that were mentioned to form the nucleus of new league include Champions KCCA FC, Express FC, URA, SC Villa, Simba, Police, Vipers, Proline, Entebbe, SC Victoria, and Bidco. The list also includes the newly promoted Bright Stars, CRO FC and Soana FC. Alupo however said the players and officials who were in the USL League last season will be free to join any clubs and no action will be taken against them.
The media briefing was also attended by State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Francis Xavier Lubanga, the Commissioner Physical Education, Omara Apitta, National Council of Sports Secretary, Jasper Aligawesa, FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson and Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Managing Director, Jamil Ssewanyana.
The minister announced that Fufa Super League Limited will change its name to Uganda Premier League Limited after the merger of the double-faced teams. USLL and Fufa Super League Limited shall be deregistered by the legitimate persons allowed by law.
Alupo also said they will ask FIFA to authorize FUFA to grant a one-off amnesty to sanctioned individuals in the USLL leadership upon their written undertaking not to take football matters to Courts of Law again.
The Chairman Maroons FC, Tommy Ochen, says he was not aware of the development and would wait to receive the letter that qualifies them to play in Big League.
The move by government appears to have restored sanity in the national league after disagreements last year led to the creation of two leagues, one managed by FUFA and another by the Uganda Super League Limited.