Katwe United Football Club through their attorney, Mbabaali Jude and Co. Advocates, has appealed against FUFA’s decision on the 2019/20 StarTimes FUFA Big League, applied for a review, and issued a notice to sue the Federation over the decision that ended the competition and relegated the ‘tuli banyiivu’ side.
On 20th May 26, 2020, FUFA evoked Article 18 of the Competition rules which was used to decide on how to end its 2019/20 competitive season.
As a result, FUFA declared UPDF FC and MYDA FC as the teams promoted to the 1st division, the StarTimes UPL from FUFA Big League the Rwenzori and Elgon groups respectively. On the other end, Katwe United, Saviors FC, and Light SS FC from the Elgon group, and New Villa FC, Kansai Plascon FC, and Doves FC were from the Rwenzori Group were relegated.
Referring to Article 18(c) and (d) of the FUFA competition rules that FUFA employed while taking the decision to end the StarTimes FUFA Big League,
(c) states that;
‘Where at least one club has played more than 75% of the league games, the following formula shall be used by TOC (Terms of Conditions) to determine the league positions, while
(d) states that;
‘The 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.’
In this event, while quoting the ‘article’, FUFA identified Nyamityobora FC from the Rwenzori Group as the team to have played more than 75% of its games.
However, in their file, Katwe United claims that Nyamityobora FC who were in the event identified as ‘the one team’ to have played ‘more than 75%’ of its games in the competition had played 12 of their 16 games which are only 75%.
“…the rule clearly indicates ‘more than 75%.’”
The Club also claims that it is in their right as stakeholders of the StarTimes FUFA Big League to be part of the decision making on any matters concerning the competition.
“Take further notice that the said impugned decision was taken without consulting any club playing in the StarTimes FUFA Big League as it was done with other leagues under the management of FUFA,” reads part of the letter.
The Lugogo based side has also demands that the FUFA rescinds its decision on the League and as well pay Shs. 120m in damages and embarrassment caused to the club within 7 days, else, face legal action.
Below is the full letter
Katwe United joins Ndejje University FC and Saviours FC among other clubs to have come out and questioned the manner in which the league was ended citing the same rule as misused.