August 9, 2013

FUFA sets registration deadline ahead of league kick-off

URA's Phillip Sempira(L) and former SC Villa skipper Stephen Bengo face-off last season. The Ugandan league kicks off in fortnight’s time
URA’s Phillip Sempira(L) and former SC Villa skipper Stephen Bengo face-off last season. The Ugandan league kicks off in fortnight’s time

The Uganda FA has given teams in the 2013/2014 Uganda Premier League until next Friday to register their players and file in their contracts or face dismissal.

Its alleged that some of the clubs are yet to declare their allegiance to the newly created league after the wrangles that rocked Uganda football last season with two parallel leagues going taking place.

Secretary of the competitions committee of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Decolas Kiiza reporters that the new united league is set to kick off on August 20th and less than 30 per cent of their player data has been sent in.

“Teams should take this exercise seriously because it is what helps us to have a smooth season. We might penalize teams that register late,” added Kiiza.

He said any player whose contract is not with the FA will not be issued with a license for the season.

“We need to have all contracts that players have made with their teams so that it becomes easy for the FA to monitor and handle any issues that come up,” added Kiiza.

Chairman of the board that organizes the league, Hajji Abbas Kawaase also said they are confident that the league will be even better organized that last season.

“The FUFA technical committee also advised us that only home based players will be used for the Cecafa regional senior Challenge Cup in December and therefore our first round fixtures end in November so as to give us the players time,” added Kawaase.

The Ugandan league kicks off in fortnight’s time with defending champions KCCA FC facing archrivals SC Villa while Masaka LC faces Vipers FC.

Newly promoted sides Soana FC and CRO FC will face-off in their season opener.

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