Fufa blames club, players for licence mess
“It is their problem. Most of the clubs started rushing to complete the registration process on Thursday yet the games were on Friday. We set and even extended the deadlines but the deadlines became dead.” -- Aisha Nalule, Fufa "We informed the clubs on the requirements long ago but they waited until the last day. And even they did not submit all the required documents so the process couldn’t be completed.”
FOOTBALL | Fufa has hit back at club management and players for the confusion that saw some players sit out of the opening Uganda Premier League matches on Friday.
Several games across the country failed to kick off in time as the teams involved were in last minute-rush to get licences for some of their players.
The game between Kirinya Jinja SSS and SC Villa started at 5Pm, thirty minutes later than the scheduled time while in Mwererwe, Bright Stars versus Maroons delayed for 21 minutes.
Most of the club officials and coaches threw the blame at the Fufa Competitions Committee managed by Aisha Nalule.
SC Villa coach Moses Basena claimed after his 2-2 draw with Kirinya that the club had submitted all the papers but the federation delayed to issue the licences.
The mess forced six of his new players to sit out while Kirinya missed about four.
“This issue disorganised our plans because some of the key players were not cleared. In fact, they (Fufa) only told us that they were ineligible at the last minute. The club submitted the papers in time but they delayed to print the license,” Basena told journalists in Jinja.
‘It’s their problem’
Aisha Nalule, the head of the department, has come out strongly and stated that the clubs should blame themselves for waiting until the last day and also failing to submit the required documents.
“It is their problem,” Nalule told Crime24. “Most of the clubs started rushing to complete the registration process on Thursday yet the games were on Friday. We set and even extended the deadlines but the deadlines became dead.”
“We informed the clubs on the requirements long ago but they waited until the last day. And even they did not submit all the required documents so the process couldn’t be completed.”
To complete the registration of a player, the club must present a copy of the players’ national identity card, passport and copy of contract signed by both the club and player.
For new players, the club must apply for an International Transfer Certificate in case of players moving from Member Association outside Uganda.
All new players are required to submit a release letter from previous club which she says that most clubs don’t have.
“Some of the new players do not have their release letters from previous clubs. We can’t register them before they settle with former clubs to avoid disputes in future,” Nalule said.
Nalule says that one of the biggest problems is that the players do not have their national IDs and have not registered to get one and others try to alter their date of birth in the passport.
“Some players try to change their date of birth in the passports. So that is why we insist on both the passport and national IDs because the latter is hard to change,” she said.
“We have a system that automatically captures player information, so when you try to change the initial details you provided to us, the system rejects but we have tried to issue provisional licences as those involved sort out their issue.”
Though she didn’t want to mention the clubs, Nalule revealed that most of the teams in the league are affected.
Vipers SC 1 – 0 Ndejje University FC
URA FC 2 – 0 Paidha Black Angels FC
KCCA FC 2 – 1 Tooro United
Onduparaka FC 2 – 0 Nyamityobora FC
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 2 – 2 SC Villa
Bright Stars FC 3 – 1 Maroons FC
Police FC Vs BUL FC – StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Additional information by Fred Mwambu