Once again, the timeline brings you the stories that you might have missed during the busy week.
Here is a recap of this week’s top stories.
July 27th, 2020
Bayo joins Awanyi at Ashdod SC
Forward Fahad Aziz Bayo completed a move to Israel Premier league side Ashdod SC from Vipers SC.
The talisman who scored twelve goals in the StarTimes UPL last season joined the dolphins on a four-year contract and becomes the second Ugandan at the club joining former KCCA FC defender Timothy Awany.
He is subject to medical despite his move being publically pronounced by the Club.
Wakiso Giants FC approves Shs. 800m Budget for 2020/21 season
Uganda Premier League side Wakiso giants held their Annual General Meeting on Monday the 27th of July at Club House, Najjanankumbi, and approved a proposed Budget of Shs. 800m for the 2020/21 season.
The money is expected to be used in beefing up the squad (transfers), salaries (and allowances), transport, and match-day programs among others.
On the same day, the club also approved the appointment of an advisory committee headed by Ahmed Ddamulira and also passed a motion to directly deal with the Wakiso District Executive Leaders.
FUFA de-registers all academies and issues new guidelines
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) deregistered all football academies in Uganda as a means of forcing them to conform to the newly implemented guidelines and all academies are expected to be licensed afresh.
As per the new guidelines, it is now mandatory for anyone willing to organize a Youth football competition to first obtain a competition license from FUFA.
All licenses will have a span of two years and will be classified into Classes beginning from A to D.
28th July, 2020
Tom Ikara joins Police FC
Former KCCA FC and Kirinya Jinja SS goalkeeper Tom Ikara penned a two-year deal at Police FC as reported by the Touchline Sports.
Ikara who has been a free agent after he was let go by the Kasasiro Boys, joined the 2005 league winners’ early signings of Eric Ssenjobe, Tony Mawejje, and Hassan Muhammad from Onduparaka.
29th July 2020
Rukundo extends his marriage with the Cops
Defender Denis Rukundo signed a two-year contract extension with Police FC until 2022 amidst interest from other clubs.
The right-back joined youngster Musa Matovu, Yusuf Ssozi, Johnson Odong who had already renewed with the club.
Allan Okello’s Paradou finishes 10th after League is terminated
Ninety-Six out of the a hundred and twelve members voted to end the season with the current table standings taken as final and no team relegated.
Allan Okello’s Paradou AC finished 10th on the 16-team log with 26 points garnered in 20 games.
FAF decided that the 2020/21 Algeria Ligue 1 season consists of 20 clubs with four clubs (Olympique Medea, JSM Skikda, WA Tlemcen, and RC Relizane) promoted to the country’s top league with 38 league days.
Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals dates confirmed
The first leg of the CAF Champions League will be held between 25th and 26th September while the second leg is scheduled for 2nd and 3rd October.
Meanwhile, the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals will be decided by one game played on 22nd September.
Lumala’s Pyramids FC will take on Guinea’s Horoya FC in Egypt.
30th July 2020
Busoga Players cry foul over unpaid wages
Busoga United players were unhappy with the club management after going six months without pay.
Some of the senior players at the club have constantly revealed their discontent with the club management and were reportedly found to be plotting for a serious revolt.
“We have spent around six months without pay, the landlords are on our backs and are going to throw us out,” one of the players told this website.
“Our families are starving, and the club has given the issue a deaf ear. They have frustrated us completely. We cannot reach Madam (Hope Diana Nyago) as she is so much absorbed into politics.”
Busoga United players are the latest to come out over unpaid salaries after Maroons, Onduparaka, and Villa among others.
The clubs recently wrote to Uganda Premier League seeking a financial bailout and we await to see what becomes of Jinja SS club.
Kalyowa goes 10-months without pay, call on FUFA to intervene
Emmanuel Kalyowa attacked the SC Villa management over unpaid salaries and asked FUFA to come to in and intervene in the matter.
On his Facebook page, Kalyowa revealed that he had gone ten months without pay and accused the club of unfair treatment towards him in relation to other players.
He went on requested FUFA to help active players, as they are trying to do with the Ex Internationals.
“When I see FUFA coming out to help ex-internationals and ex-players financially, I wonder why it can’t still help active players who are deliberately not paid by their clubs,” Kalyowa posted on his Facebook.
“But why FUFA for real! Imagine serving a club with debts of 10 months and going through this Covid-19 period with just 5kg of rice from FUFA only to hear that a group of fellow players received a salary of two months.
“Just because some of us have expired contacts or we are not good enough for the club we are always taken bad always with issues concerning money in Uganda but this is too much for us to handle.”
Only 2 clubs pass first step of the FUFA licensing process
Only two clubs, KCCA FC and Wakiso Giants passed the first stage of the FUFA licensing process and qualified for inspection and evaluation.
Two other clubs (MYDA FC and Onduparaka FC) completely failed and were fined Sh. 1m for failure to submit any of the mandatory requirements by the deadline.
Eleven (11) UPL Clubs URA FC, Busoga, BUL, Mbarara, Police, Bright Stars, Express, Kyetume, UPDF, SC Villa, and Vipers had missing mandatory requirements by the deadline and were also asked to pay Sh500,000 in fines.
Nyamityobora Appoints former Mbarara City CEO
FUFA Big league giants Nyamityobora FC appointed former Mbarara City FC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sadam Mugaru as their new CEO.
Mugaru put pen to paper on a two-year employment contract and replaced Eddy Kateregga Kayemba who was relieved of his duties.
31st July, 2020
Ngoobi shuns SC Villa, extends stay at Bright Stars
Amidst interest from SC Villa, Derrick Ngoobi was unmoved. The defender extended his stay at Bright Stars FC. He signed a one-extension to remain at the Mwerere based side
NSSF-KAVC international tournament postponed
The annual NSSF KAVC international Volleyball tournament will not be held this year 2020.
KAVC President Milly Kure confirmed the development, adding that the event was postponed to next year due to the Covid19 Pandemic crisis.
“With the recent guidelines presented by the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation and address of the nation by the president of the Republic of Uganda, we deeply regret that the Covid19 pandemic has left us with no other choice than to cancel our annual international tournament that had been scheduled to take place from the 31 July to 2nd August 2020,” read part of the statement in the document from the KAVC president.
The 24th edition of the NSSF – KAVC international tournament is instead being scheduled for next year from July 30 to August 1st.
Express FC rehires team doctor who fell out with Coach Ssimwogerere
Express FC rehired team doctor Ibrahim Musa Kinaabi who fell out with Coach George Ssimwogerere before he left the Mukwano gw’abangi last season.
He returns to the club under the set up of Wasswa Bbosa.
1st August 2020
Musa renews his stay at Police FC
Youngster Musa Matovu extended his stay with Police FC for at least the next 2 years.
The 20-year old signed a two-year contract with the Cops at the Police offices in Kibuli on Saturday to continue his marriage with the Abdullah Mubiru’s coached side.
Musa became the 4th player to renew his contract with the Cops after Yusuf Ssozi, Johnson Odong, and Denis Rukundo had extended their time at the club.
BUL FC unveils two new signings
BUL FC confirmed the signings of left-back Aggrey Madoi and offensive midfielder Ibrahim Mugulusi.
Both players joined the Jinja based side on a two-year employment contract with Madoi joining from Wakiso Giants while Mugulusi is from neighbors Busoga United.
FUFA holds consultative meeting with UPL and Big league Captains
FUFA held a consultative meeting with the captains/representatives of clubs featuring in the Uganda Premier League and FUFA Big League.
The meeting chaired by FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo was hinged on a number of issues including player development, personal branding, the importance of players having intermediaries, and the proposed FUFA Competition reforms.
Players/Captains who attended included; Okello Silvester (Maroons FC), Kulaba Jimmy (BUL FC), Paul Mucureezi (Vipers SC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Waswa Emma (SC Villa), Osikol Isaac (MYDA FC), Ssenyonjo Hassan (Wakiso Giants FC), Kalanda Frank (Express FC), Muwanga Bernard (Bright Stars FC), Kabuye Bashir (Police FC)-Buwembo Ronald (Kigezi Homboyz FC).