It was not a one-sided decision, it was a collective move after all – FUFA and StarTimes UPL Clubs agreed on the decision to end the 2019/20 league.
On the 11th of May, 2020, the FUFA through its CEO, Edgar Watson, wrote to all clubs through the UPL board chairman, Mr. Arinaitwe Rugyendo, informing them of the prevailing circumstances that have had football caged due to the resulting lockdown measures, and that the Federation remains uncertain of when the situation will turnaround.
In the letter, Edgar reminds the UPL of the standing situation as per the Federation activity calendar in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, making it clear that there is a need to comply with the “Government directives and the Ministry of Health guidelines”.
Edgar also brought forth the concern of the Federation’s sporting which “was scheduled to end by the 30th June” and all competitions were expected to have ended by the stated date, including the StarTimes UPL.
Therefore, the UPL board chairman was requested to have an input (representation of the Clubs) on how the season would be concluded with a deadline of 18th May 2020.
…we thereby reach you out to provide your proposal on how to conclude the season 2019-2020. It would be appreciated if your response is received by close of business on Monday 18th May 2020 by 1700hrs.
Read part of the letter.
The FUFA on Wednesday ended all football competitions in the Country including the StarTimes UPL and all lower-division leagues citing the respective tool of administration, the Competitions Rules, and Regulations.
A number of decisions were taken the most notable one being the awarding of Vipers SC the season title while Maroons FC, Proline FC, and Tooro United were relegated.
The Touchline Sports believes the Uganda Premier League chairman and his secretariat who represent the clubs shared their stakeholders’ (Clubs) view on the decision.
Below is the letter as shared with the respective members.