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StarTimes UPL: Season decided, Vipers declared champions

Vipers SC were crowned champions of the 2019/20 StarTimes UPL season after the Federation ended all football competitions on Wednesday due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Vipers Sports Club has been declared champion of the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season following the decision to end the country’s football season by FUFA.

Following a decision to end the football season, the StarTimes UPL has been decided basing on the 25 games played – which is already 75% of games played as per the FUFA competitions rules.

To this effect, Vipers who were leading the standings with 54 points, 4 ahead of second placed KCCA FC are declared champions, while Tooro United, Proline FC, and Maroons FC are relegated to the StarTimes FUFA Big League.

The league has been decided by the FUFA competitions rules, where Article 18(1) states that,

Where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure fails to be completed within the season, the league winner shall be determined as follows:

  1. a) Before every Club has completed its first round fixture the league shall be declared null and void.
  2. b) Where all the Clubs in the league have completed the first round fixture but less than 75% league games have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standings of the league.
  3. c) Where at least one club has played more than 75% of the league games, the following formula shall be used by TOC to determine the table positions for the respective group:
  4. d) A total number of points earned from the number of games played multiplied by the total number of games supposed to be played divided by the number of games played.

This becomes Vipers’ 4th title since promotion to the top tier league in 2006.

The decision to end the league comes after coronavirus pandemic put a hal to all sporting activities around the world.

More details to follow

Ronald Yiga
Senior Staff Writer at Touchline Sports covering largely football

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