Last week had a number of headline-making activities including the Cranes coach Media address, FUFA’s warning to clubs plus more. The timeline today reviews the top stories that happened between the 21st of September to the 27th.
21st September 2020
Arua Hill SC unveils new CEO and PRO
StarTimes FUFA Big League side Arua Hills SC formerly Doves All-Stars on Monday morning unveiled a new Chief Executive Officer and Public Relations Officer after a recent takeover
Anthony Afeti and Vegas Otelul were unveiled as new CEO and Public Relations Officer respectively at the club’s press conference in Kampala.
In the same presser, the club confirmed that they will be playing at Barifa Stadium until the completion of Arua Hills Sports Club, a 20,000 seater Stadium that will be completed in July next year.
Kayiwa returns to Express for a third spell
Kayiwa who featured for the Wakulukuku based side in 2014 and 2017/18 season joined the Red Eagles on a three-year deal after running down his contract at Relegated Tooro United.
Cranes to have a training camp in Dubai
Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry confirmed that the national team will have a training camp in Dubai next month during the FIFA International window.
The coach said that they have opted for a training camp instead of a friendly in order to get more quality time with the players.
The Irish tactician also confirmed that a 25-man squad would be summoned soon with 30% of it comprising of local-based players.
22nd September 2020
SC Villa confirms another signing
Uganda Premier League side SC Villa confirmed the signing of defender Nasser Lukwago.
Lukwago joined the 16-time UPL winners on a two-year deal and became the club’s sixth signing after Isaac Ogwang, Muhammed Ssenoga, Meddie Kibirige, Geoffrey Goffin Oyirwoth, and Andrew Kiwanuka.
23rd September 2020
Davis Ssali becomes URA’s third signing
Uganda Premier League side URA FC confirmed the signing of midfielder Davis Ssali from Tooro United ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Ssali joined the Tax Collectors on a three-year deal until the end of the 2023-24 season and became the club’s third signing after Hannington Ssebwalunyo and Jackson Nunda.
KCCA terminates Odumegwu contract
Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA FC confirmed that they had terminated the contract of Nigerian John Odumegwu.
The Thirteen-time League champions and former Rivers United forward Odumegwu mutually agreed to end their relationship, just a year after agreeing to a two-year employment contract.
He left the club having scored only once last season, against Maroons FC in last season’s first round.
Sseninde appointed in South Sudan
South Sudan Football Association appointed Jean Sseninde as a Consultant for South Sudan Women’s Football.
The SSFA confirmed that the Uganda Crested Cranes defender will work to implement their four-year Women’s Football Strategy Sensitization plan starting in the month of October.
24th September 2020.
Nicholas Kasozi leaves KCCA, joins Kyetume FC
A day after Odumegwu departure, midfielder Nicholas Kasozi also left KCCA FC for another Uganda Premier League side Kyetume FC.
The development was confirmed by KCCA FC on Thursday morning, wishing the player best in his next adventures.
Kasozi joined KCCA FC on a three-year deal in 2018 but left the Lugogo based club with a year left on his contract after falling out with Mike Mutebi.
Express FC unveils Enock Walusimbi
Six-time Uganda Premier league champions Express FC confirmed the signing of towering defender Enock Walusimbi on a two-year deal.
This, came a day after Walusimbi confirmed his departure from Bright Stars FC, a club he had been at since 2016.
He became the Red Eagles latest addition after Baker Sakah, Mustafa Kiragga, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Mahad Yaya Kakooza among others joined the club in the recent weeks.
25th September 2020
FUFA issues strict warning to clubs in regards to resumption
The Federation of Uganda Football Association, FUFA warned clubs against the resumption of sports activities until advised.
In a press release circulated by the FUFA Media, FUFA Deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza informed all Association members that all activities remain suspended until further notice.
“FUFA wishes to put it to the notice of all its members, members of FUFA, and to whom it may concern that all association football activities are still suspended until advised to the contrary,” part of the press release read.
The press release also had assertion that the Federation is discussing with the National Council of Sports, Ministry of Health, and other agencies on the best way forward with the implementation of the directive and guidelines.
The announcement came just a few days after some UPL teams had started Training sessions and playing friendly games.
NCS issues guidelines to the Sports federation
The National Council of Sports (NCS) issued out strict guidelines to sports federations as Uganda is still gearing up for sports restart.
The new guidelines were sent out after a few days when the president issued a directive for sports to resume if testing of all players can be done 72 hours to the game with the tests to be repeated after 14 days.
In the meeting that’s was chaired at Cooper Chimney, Lugogo on Friday morning, NCS Assistant general secretary David Katende said most of the sports would be eligible to reopen provided they fulfill the conditions
- National Sports Federations/Associations will be required to prepare and submit a schedule of planned activities and venues to be used with a priority to National team engagements.
- Each Sports Activity to be organized shall be cleared on its own merit.
- National Sports Federations shall appoint medical personnel who shall work in liaison with MOH on all Covid19 related matters.
- There shall be a focal points person appointed or designated by the Federation to act as the liaison between NCS and the Federation on all sports-related matters.
- Federations shall seek relevant clearances from the organs of government for activities to take place.
- Federations shall notify NCS of the Venue to be used, number of athletes, and officials including media prior to the event.
- Provide proof of testing of players and officials prior to the activities.
- Events to be organized are those where NCS has been notified and clearance obtained.
- National teams to be encamped in one place to avoid unnecessary interaction with outsiders.
- Only players and accredited officials to be allowed at the events
- PPE must be available.
- NCS shall constitute a team of persons to assess the readiness and compliance of National sports federations for the resumption of sports activities.
Nanyondo finishes fifth in the Doha Diamond league
Uganda’s middle-distance runner Winnie Nanyondo finished fifth in the 800m races of the Doha Diamond League.
Nanyondo clocked 2:00.49 to set her season-best in the final diamond league of the year.
She was third coming into the final straight before running out of steam down the stretch.
The race was won by Pre-race favorite Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Spain’s Esther Guerrero and Great Britain’s Tracey Adelle completed the podium finish.
26th September 2020
UPL Kickoff dates postponed
The Uganda Premier League kickoff dates for the 2020/21 season were pushed to a later date in the October.
The development was confirmed by FUFA Vice President Justus Mugisha in the 7th FUFA Super League Annual General Meeting in Mukono on Saturday.
The League start dates were tentatively set on October 17, 2020, however, Mugisha stated that the league had been pushed for another month due to the new restrictions on Sports activities.
In the same meeting, Mugisha also confirmed that FUFA had extended the player registration exercise for another month – The window had closed on September 21, 2020.
He also confirmed the FUFA Njeru Center as the venue for the playoffs of the FUFA Big League where Kitara, Kataka, Kiboga Young (Mbale Heroes), and Ndejje are set to fight for the playoff spot.