The Executive Director, the supreme decision-making body of the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA), has approved the use of five substitutes during the upcoming playoffs.
The decision will be taken in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seriously disrupted football business around the world.
This led FIFA to allow the use of five substitutions, a maximum of three which is normal.
“FIFA granted the use of five substitutions in these trying times of COVID-19. As FUFA, we follow by the FIFA guidelines and advise. Therefore, we shall use a maximum of five substitutions during the promotional playoffs” Moses Magogo, the president of FUFA stated.
This round of playoffs kicks off with four FUFA Premier League clubs (Kitara, Kataka, Ndejje University and Kiboga Young) struggling for the available space.
FUFA Big League playoffs (2019-20) – Semi-finals:
Tentative Date – 10th October 2020
Kataka Vs Kitara
Kiboga Young Vs Ndejje University
Eastern: Admin (Bukedi group) Vs Gaddafi FC (Nile)
Buganda: Luweero United Football Club (Ssezibwa) Vs Buwambo United FC (Katonga)
Kampala: Edgars FC (Cobra group) Vs CATDA (Scorpion)
Western: Terrazo and Tiles (Ankole) Vs Kigezi Football Club (Kigezi)
West Nile: Hot Springs (Nyagak) Vs Calvary (Nile group)
Kitara: Boma (Albert group) Vs Asingye (Edward group)
North East: Sansiro (Bisina) Vs Team Church FC (Kyoga)
Northern: Gateway (Group A) Vs Northern Elephants (Group B)
As Magogo announced, the association has set an early start date for this playoff round for October 10, 2020.
FUFA has now confirmed that they will cover various costs of accommodation, food, security, medical costs and part of the COVID-19 testing for players and officials.
Club staff and FUFA delegates held a large, successful consultation meeting on Monday, 5 October 2020 at the new building of the FUFA complex in Mengo, Kampala.
Club representatives freely share ideas on how the best football will return, pointing out the opportunities and difficulties they face.
At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the club and FUFA would share the cost of testing for COVID-19 as the club would also cover transportation costs to the venue.
FUFA, on the other hand, will use an ambulance to feed, accommodate, provide security and general medical care during the playoffs.
Other FUFA officials who attended; Darius Mugoye (second president of FUFA Darius Mugoye), Decolas Kiiza (deputy managing director of FUFA – football), Hamid Juma (a member of the executive committee of FUFA), Hajjati Aisha Nalule (director of FUFA competitions), Ivan Kintu Bayige (licensed by FUFA) club manager) , Sarah Birungi (FUFA competition officer) and Ahmed Hussein (FUFA communications director).
Club Representatives Attendance:
Edrine Ochieng (Gaddafi Football Club), Muhamadi Nsubuga (CATDA Football Club), Jimmy Ojok (Young Elephants Football Club), Alfred Olwee (Northern Gateway Football Club), Joseph Isingoma (Booma Football Club), Ibrahim Kabengine (Asingya Football Club), Edrisa Sserubiri (Luwero United Football Club), Herbert Sekyewunda (Kigezi Football Club), Joseph Collins Ssemanda (Ndejje University Football Club), Hassan Kirunda (Kataka Football Club), Wycliffe Mwambu (Kiboga Young Football Club), Dirisa Mukiibi- Edgars Football Club), Denis Omwon (Hot Springs Football Club), Onzima Kizito- Calvary Football Club), Douglas Ssekoma (Buwambo Football Club), Jasper Barigye Muhinda (Tiles & Terrazo Football Club), Henry Owor (Admin Football Club), Aloysious Kalema (Tiles & Terazzo Football Club), John R Olukei (Sansiro Football Club), Julius Arega (Team Church Football Club)