August 29, 2013

Express face URA as uncertainty rambles over FUFA Super League

Former champions Express FC will on Friday make a tricky visit to the Lugazi Stadium to face home side URA FC in a highly anticipated FUFA Super League tie.

Utility player Augustine Nsumba will lead home side URA against Express FC in Lugazi
Utility player Augustine Nsumba will lead home side URA against Express FC in Lugazi

Coach Paul Nkata’s side that reached the semifinals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Club Championships in Darfur, Sudan, two months ago will be eager to get back to winning ways after their barren draw away to Bidco FC last week.

The URA side that represented Uganda in the lucrative CAF Champions League this season will, however, play without their new recruit Frank Kalanda, who travelled with the national team to Botswana for an international friendly match.

Augustine Nsumba is expected to lead the URA side together with midfielder Owen Kasule as they hope to get their first maximum points.

“We are going all out for goals because we missed several scoring opportunities in our league opening game against Bidco last week,” said Nkata.

The coach said that he is happy his players have now picked up the fitness and are blending well.

“The many pre-season games we played in Tanzania also helped us,” said Nkata.

But Frank Anyau, the Express FC coach has warned the hosts in advance.

“We are not going to simply play a match and leave, but to win the game. We have corrected our mistakes and we are ready for URA,” said a confident Anyau.

Midfielder Willy Kavuma is expected to play an influential role for Express FC.

 

President of FA in-charge of the League, Mujb Kasule.
President of FA in-charge of the League, Mujb Kasule.

League will continue-Mujib

The Vice President of FA in-charge of the League, Mujb Kasule, has said the Court order restraining the government from dealing with the football body will not stop the league from going on.

“That is the biggest joke because there is no way that court document can stop us because it was not a case with FUFA, but Uganda Super League Limited (USLL) against the Attorney general,” reasoned Kasule.

On Wednesday morning members of USLL said the court order they had secured to stop government from associating with the FA had also stopped the on-going FUFA Super League and the forth coming FUFA elective general Assembly.

Kasule explained that they will go ahead with the league matches and will not fear anything to do with implications of the court.

“Some people are simply trying to twist things, but we have nothing to do with this case,” added Kasule.

Seven league games are expected to take place on Friday at different venues. If government follows the injunction, it will consequently halt the FUFA Super League that started last week and the FUFA elections that are due on Saturday.

Geoffrey Nsamba, a former FUFA lawyer, also made a legal interpretation saying the order issued by the constitutional court does not stop the League or even the August 31st general assembly.

“This order is just to restrain the government and other bodies from dealing with the FA,” added Nsamba.

Uganda had two rival leagues last season, with KCCA FC winning the recognised FUFA Super League trophy, while Maroons FC lifted the Uganda Super League trophy.

Interestingly the USLL had sponsorship of over $500,000 from pay TV SuperSport and Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), who they had a binding contract with.

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