After failing to honor their second-round opening fixture against Onduparaka FC at home, Tooro United FC has in another incident been found guilty of violating the StarTimes Uganda Premier League competition rules on a related account.
Today, the Fort Portal based side lost yet another match by forfeiture over fielding an unlicensed player during their StarTimes Uganda Premier League match against Kyetume FC.
According to a statement released by the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel (CDP), Tooro United was found guilty of fielding James Kasibante during their league game played on 15th January 2020 against Kyetume FC at the Mighty Arena in Jinja.
According to the FUFA CDP, James Kasibante’s license was not ready by the time he was fielded during the said match. His license was released on the January 17th at 4:00 pm
Accordingly, the CDP orders that,
Tooro United FC loses the match against Kyetume by forfeiture in accordance with Art.19 (19) of the FUFA competitions rules which establishes that a club that fields an ineligible player shall lose the match by forfeiture to the opposing team.
Luckily, this will not put Tooro United at any risk of being banned from the league as only failing to turn-up for their respective matches would tantamount to the sanction as per the FUFA Competition rules.
The 2019-2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season has had another moment of chaos during the second round brought about by clubs failing to meet the FUFA Player Licensing process.
In Uganda, it’s the role of the club C.E.O to ensure that all players are registered on the FUFA connect system.
One of the required documents needed to register the players on the system is the National ID, however, many players have failed to produce their national IDs to their clubs thereby causing a delay in the whole process.
Hosted on a local T.V station, The C.E.O of Express Football Club Hamza Jjunju revealed to the public why player licensing is still a difficult process for the clubs.
The players have failed the system deliberately by hiding their National IDs.
Jjunju said in response when asked why clubs have been slow at handling the licensing process.
But on the same show the Manager of the FUFA Club Licensing committee Mr. Ivan Kintu lashed out at the clubs for being reluctant in handling such important matters.
This is the weakness of the clubs, the biggest problem is providing mismatching information which can not be validated for proper licensing. for example the dates of birth.
Club licensing has been a very big problem for almost all Ugandan clubs with many players missing out because of failing to meet the requirements for the process.
While the clubs blame FUFA for all the mess, a section of football administrators believes the clubs are partly to blame for all the disorganization the inevitable process has caused.
According to Express CEO Hamzah Jjunju, Clubs have deliberately failed to recognize the role of CEOs and the secretariate at large which has made the process even harder.
While losing a match by forfeiture may not lead a club to be banned, the number of points lost surely does affect a particular club’s chances of survival in a competition.
The case of Tooro United after the loss of another three points leaves them bottom of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and may not survive relegation by the end of the season.
The National Identification number has proven to be one of the biggest hindrances to player licensing, a key requirement to club licensing. While players were issued provisional licenses at the start of the first round, there was need to have the process completed fully before the second round of the 2019/20 season.
Many clubs including the defending champions KCCA FC who are thought of as one of the most organized clubs, SC Villa, Express FC, URA FC among others have been affected by the process.
Is it a process too hard to accomplish for the clubs or just a lack of ideas to solving this case at hand?
Does FUFA need to revise the club licensing requirements?
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