As the Country remains under lockdown, every sporting activity is on halt until the situation turns around or becomes normal again. The fight against the coronavirus pandemic goes on but there is little that can be done to minimize its impact on sport.
Sporting activities across the world have been put on standstill while measures to either abandon or finish the games are still under discussion. No one knows what is coming next.
While it is clear that this season’s StarTimes Uganda Premier League will not be abandoned and no champion shall be declared ‘unless the coronavirus crisis continues through to 2021’, it is no longer a public secret that URA FC could be declared champions of this season’s Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The competition is stuck at the round of 16 and only 6 clubs (KCCA FC, Proline, Kitara, Light SS, Kyetume, and Kataka FC) had already made it through to the quarterfinals.
URA FC, SC Villa, Mbarara City FC, and Wakiso giants are just a match away from progression.
Time is running out for all of Uganda’s football competitions and this only means either time extensions will be granted or other methods to completing the season could be adopted.
But, what could happen to this season’s Uganda Cup tournament and how can URA FC pick up a 4th Uganda Cup title?
Here are the different scenarios the dictate how the season’s ending can be defined.
Scenario 1 – Before and at the round of 32
Section A of article 23 of the FUFA Competition rules and regulations states that;
“A competition shall be declared null only if it stops at the round of 32” While at earlier stages and before the second round (round of 32 ) the competition is declared null and void.
Scenario 2 – After the 32
If the competition is past the round of 32, Article 23 Section B states that;
“The winner of the competition shall be determined by points and goals for the matches played since the Round of 64.”
At and after the Round of 16, the competition winner shall be determined by the points and goals acquired for the matches played since the round of 64.
Three (3) points shall be awarded for a win and 2 points for a knock-out win by post match spot kicks and 0 points for a loss.
Scenario 3 – when some teams have played more games than others
In this circumstance, Section C of Article 23 – where other teams have played more games than others since the round of 64 states that;
“Where some teams have played more cup games than others, the following formula shall be used by FUFA to determine the final positions; –
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.”
If we calculate using the above formula to find out the final position.
Team GP Wins (90 mins) Final Points Goals
KCCA. 3 3 21 3
SC Villa 2 2 21 5
URA 2 2 21 12
Wakiso 2 2 21 7
Mbarara 2 2 21 11
From the calculations, URA FC is more likely to be declared champion of this season’s Uganda Cup for a better goal difference as compared to KCCA FC, SC Villa, and Mbarara City.
If the situation worsens, remains the same, and or the competition ends up not being completed, through this calculation, FUFA can award URA FC the 2019/20 Uganda Cup title.
This will be the first time in the history of the competition where the winner will be decided using Article 23 apart from 1973 – 1975 where the competition was not held at all.
Though the Uganda Cup champion might be declared based on Article 23 of the competition rules and regulations, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) reserves the right to determine the CAF confederations cup representative.