FOOTBALL | Normally when the league season gets closer to start, there is excitement among the fans. “it’s back! The Uganda Premier League kick off on Friday afternoon with six fixtures and one on Saturday.
As it should have been, the league’s return is expected to be greeted with anxiety, excitement, tension and all that. But it’s not.
The build up to the league has been full of wrangles, discontent, suspicions, fixture delays, suspensions, threats and all that kind of stuff.
From the discontent about the details of the agreed new sponsorship contract, SC Villa wars, late stadium inspections and bans, Fufa, clubs and the league organizers have set a stage for an explosive
start to the league.
Are teams ready?
By close of business on Thursday, this website learnt that some teams had not completed registration of players and could start the season without key players.
KCCA and URA have been dogged by some internal issues that have led to their CEOs resignation. The federation has only given them less than a month to solve the problems or install new qualified personnel if they are to get full licence.
The Uganda Premier League released a second draft of the fixtures just slightly over 24 hours to kick off. The fixture has fifteen teams and not sixteen.
Mbarara City’s future is still uncertain. Though the federation has reinstated them back to the league, the club has some renovations to make at the Kavumba Recreational grounds within 48 hours if they are to host games at the venue.
At the moment, their opening fixture against Express has been postponed. BUL has temporarily moved to the Fufa turf in Njeru after their Kakindu home ground was flagged off for failing to meet minimum
requirements which includes a poor surface, perimeter fence, toilets and other sanitary facilities for the fans and officials.
These are the issues affecting the topflight; lack of toilets and wire mesh that separates the players, officials and fans.
Never mind, the Uganda Premier League was founded in 1968 and will be celebrating its 50th year of existence this season.
On a positive note, Vipers will kick off their league campaign against Ndejje University at their state of the art facility in Kitende in the first televised match.
The club recently unveiled the stadium that now has a new turf, an all-seater stand that hosts about 20,000 fans, a new and fully equipped media tribune, refreshments area and many more.
KCCA FC will be hosting Tooro United that has been rebranded from Soana FC so as to appeal with the people of Kitara region.
Paidha Black Angels’ 38-year wait for topflight league will come to a halt today as they face Sam Ssimbwa’s URA FC at Namboole.
Onduparaka FC vs Nyamityobora FC – Green Light Stadium, Arua
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC vs SC Villa – The Mighty Arena, Jinja SSS
Bright Stars FC vs Maroons FC – Champions Stadium, Mwererwe
Police FC BUL FC StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo