UPL releases draft fixtures four days to kick-off, three teams in limbo
Draft fixture released by WhatsApp shows that three clubs have no home ground and have until Tuesday (today) to get one or be dismissed from the league.
FOOTBALL | After clubs and different stakeholders raising concerns about the lingering fixtures, the Uganda Premier League secretariat has finally released a portion of the 2018-19 schedule.
Portion it is! The fixtures were released through emails and WhatsApp group messages circulated by the company’s chief executive officer Bernard Bainamani.
They come two days after the official season curtain raiser –FUFA Super Cup- where Uganda Cup champions, KCCA FC edged out Vipers on post-match penalty lotteries.
The new league sponsors and broadcasters StarTimes lived to their word of airing games from only three venues – St. mary’s stadium in Kitende, StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo and Namboole.
A total of 38 games have been scheduled for the first phase of the league with the first being at Kitende where defending champions Vipers SC will initiate Nyamityobora into the topflight.
The first round starts this Friday and runs for 104 days up to Janury 10 next year.
Three clubs, Mbarara City FC, Nyamityobora FC and BUL FC, have not bee cleared to host games at their homegrounds in Mbarara and Jinja respectively.
They have also been given just 24 hours to find alternative venues that have been cleared by the Fufa Club Licensing committee to host games.
“Kakyeka and Kakindu stadiums did not pass the Fufa Licensing Requirements. The respective clubs affected should find alternative grounds that are alredy approved by the Fufa Licensing Committee by close of business on Tuesday, September 25. If the three clubs (Mbarara City FC, Nyamityobora FC & BUL FC) fail to meet the deadline, they will be scrapped off the 2018/19 fixtures,” Bainamani stated in his release.
Change of venues
Soana FC that previously played at the Kavumba Recreation Centre has moved to Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal and has been allowed to change name to Tooro United FC.
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC has changed their home ground from Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe to the The Mighty Arena at Jinja SSS in Jinja.
Vipers SC vs Ndejje University FC St. Mary’s Stadium – Kitende
URA FC vs Paidha Black Angels FC – Namboole
KCCA FC vs Tooro United FC – Lugogo
Onduparaka FC vs Nyamityobora FC– Arua
Mbarara City FC vs Express FC – (Venue to be Communicated)
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC vs SC Villa – The Mighty Arena
Bright Stars FC vs Maroons FC – Mwererwe
Saturday 29th September
Police FC vs BUL FC – Lugogo