Maroons FC head coach Charles Ayiekoh says it’s absurd that his team was relegated from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League after the FUFA decided to end all football competitions in the country as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
While quoting Article 18 (1), the football governing body, FUFA crowned Vipers SC the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL champions while relegation-placed Tooro United, Proline FC, and Maroons FC will play in the FUFA Big league next season.
Unlike Tooro United and Proline FC, After 25 games, the Uganda Prisons side sat 14th on the log on 24 points, 1 adrift of Police FC in 13th position. Ayiekoh describes it is absurd that his club was relegated with 5 games to the death of the season.
Its absurd that Maroons FC have been relegated from the league but life continues and we shall fight hard to come back next season.
Said the former Busoga United coach, Ayiekoh.
“Maroons will play in FUFA Big league next season and am sure we shall bounce back because we are an organized team.”
Ayiekoh was appointed as Maroons coach in March replacing Douglas Bamweyana who was sacked. He did not manage any StarTimes UPL game since being appointed. He says this alone makes him feel sad.
“When I signed for Maroons FC, I was charged with helping the club survive relegation and unfortunately, I have not gotten the chance to fulfill it, I feel sad but I have to abide by what transpired as per FUFA’s decisions.”
Ayiekoh further says that he can’t blame FUFA because they had to make a decision as the Football governing body in Uganda.
“FUFA had to take a decision whether it was hard or was going to affect some teams. Most of the teams insisted on playing the league and this would have resulted in the delay of the forthcoming 2020-21 SUPL season.”
Charles Ayiekoh only managed one competitive match at Maroons FC in the Uganda cup and bowed out at the hands of Kyetume FC, 5-4 via penalty shoot outs.