- StarTimes UPL: FUFA and clubs agreed on league decision
- StarTimes UPL: Season decided, Vipers declared champions
On Wednesday 20th May 2020, all football competitions under the auspices of FUFA were pronounced concluded by FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo through a media press briefing held at the FUFA house in Mengo.
Vipers SC was declared the StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions while Maroons FC, Proline FC, and Tooro United were relegated to the FUFA Big league with 5 games to go. In the StarTimes FUFA Big league, UPDF, and MYDA FC were announced as Rwenzori and Elgon group champions respectively.
Relive the moment as FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo makes pronouncements on Continental representation.
The decision to end the season by FUFA caused a lot of criticism amongst the football fans and club owners in the respective divisions. They claim FUFA’s decision to conclude the league was harsh, and that none of the Clubs was involved in the making of the final decision.
Indeed, FUFA wrote to the UPL board and Secretariat in a letter dated 11th May 2020 requesting their input on how to end the season.
However, the UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani says there was no need to convene a meeting with the 16 clubs to enforce an article in the FUFA Competition Rules.
Do you need a meeting with clubs every time you are to apply a provision or an article of the competition rules?
“Article 18 of FUFA Competitions Rules is like any other article on those rules. Have we ever convened a meeting to apply any of the rest of the articles we have been applying in the management of the league?”
“Then our work will become so difficult if every time we are to apply any provision or article of the competition rules we must convene a clubs’ meeting,” he said.
“We held a meeting with FUFA as league Management and agreed to apply the relevant article since the FUFA season calendar was not to be extended and sports activities were and are still being locked down. For your information, the calendar stops on 30th June 2020.”
“So We simply had to invoke and apply an existing regulation in the regulations which clubs have.”
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League is not the first league to be called off prematurely and named a champion in the process. There have been many footballing leagues and seasons ended prematurely, or canceled across Africa and the whole world since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ethiopia, Madagascar, and a host of other countries have suspended or ended football and other sporting activities prematurely due to the crisis.