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Bernard Bainamani: We expected each club to respond to us individually

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Uganda Premier League CEO, Bernard Bainamani has responded to the nine Uganda Premier league clubs that wrote to Secretariat that they would not be attending the FUFA Consultative meeting scheduled for Wednesday 10th, June 2020 at FUFA House, Mengo.

On 9th June 2020, nine clubs led by Hon. Mwine Mpaka wrote to the UPL CEO with a notification that they would not be attending with a concern that the said meeting was communicated late and that it would not last enough to exhaust the communicated agenda that included a discussion on Club licensing and League reforms.

The Clubs requested that the meeting be delivered to the 18th June 2020 with a change in the agenda which would see two separate meetings held, one for the CEOs to discuss Club licensing, and the other for Club chairman to discuss ‘strategic issues affecting the future of the League’.

However, Bainamani dismissed the communication owing to the fact that it was not delivered through the appropriate channels.

His response through the letter is quoted as,

“We respond that we do not recognize this letter since the members purporting to be representatives of the listed clubs have not appended their signatures individually.”

Click here (FUFA MEETING) to read the letter as shared and addressed to the UPL CEO by the UPL clubs.

The names of the respective Club chairpersons had no signatures appended.

“UPL recognizes official communications from individual clubs signed by the Club CEO, Chairman or President.”

“…the meeting notice was sent to individual clubs and we expected each club to respond individually.”

Bainamani concluded by confirming that the said ‘consultative meeting will go on as planned and all Clubs are expected to attend the session.

“Therefore, this is to confirm to you that the meeting remains as scheduled (Wednesday 10th June 2020, 10:00 am, FUFA House, MENGO).”

It should be noted the decision by the nine Clubs to boycott the communicated consultative meeting comes a few weeks after 10 Clubs petitioned the Minister of Education and Sports to intervene on their relationship with the FUFA.

We are yet to establish if the nine Clubs will be boycotting the Consultative meeting and are yet to confirm if the clubs not listed in the letter addressed to the UPL CEO will be in attendance.


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