Uganda Premier League CEO MR Bernard Bainamani Bampaire has said first division clubs are to blame for the delayed release of the 2021/22 draft fixtures. Plans to have the first draft fixtures released had the 13th September 2021 marked but this wasn’t possible.
Bainamani says clubs fixtures could not be released without the clubs being fully licensed with the unavailability of venues marked as the biggest hindrance.
“As per the roadmap, it’s true the draft fixture was supposed to come out on Monday 13th September but this wasn’t possible because the fixtures can’t be released without clubs and venues which are supposed to be the end product of the Club licensing process by FUFA. That process is not yet concluded and it’s the club delaying this process.” Bainamani told Touchline Sports before adding;
“Most of them have not yet submitted minimum requirements to FUFA for club licensing purposes, so this may also hinder the release of the final fixtures on 21st September.”
However, Bainamani is confident that the league will begin as per the roadmap, also hinting at the fact that some clubs might suffer elimination if they don’t submit the minimum requirements to FUFA as soon as possible.
The League kick-off was set for the 15th October 2021 and according to the UPL CEO, chances of postponement are very slim but some clubs may be left out of the fixture if they don’t pull up their socks as soon as possible
Express FC are the reigning champions of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League having racked up a seventh title after being declared champions with three to four games left to be played.
The last two seasons of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League were ended before the finish due to the Coronavirus pandemic.