Recently the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) released a circular issue No. 1119 detailing the status quo of football competitions.
Among the competitions hinted about was the 46th edition of the Stanbic Uganda Cup which is one of the oldest football tourneys in Uganda so far.
FUFA had annulled the 2019/20 season of the Stanbic Uganda Cup declaring that it was to end haphazardly and consequently there would be no winner citing the covid-19 pandemic that great hindered the continuation of the tournament.
In a press conference held today following the cancellation of the tournament held at FUFA house Mengo,Kampala, Stanbic Bank, the main sponsors of the competition said that it will honour its commitment of paying the cash prize inasmuch as the tournament was suddenly cancelled. The money will be distributed among the teams that progressed to the Octal and the Quarter finals.
In attendance at the press conference was FUFA CEO Edgar Watson,FUFA Executive Committee Member Hamid Juma,FUFA Deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza and the communications director Ahmed Hussein
Stanbic Bank Marketing manger Daniel Ogong reechoed Stanbic Bank’s desire to collaborate with the federation and the Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup in particular.
Ogong said that as an organization they do believe that football and sports in genereal is part of the society that is why they believe in financing businesses and impressions, education and sport. He also said that sports in general has the potential to employ millions.
FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson was very excited for Stanbic Bank’s move to pay the clubs at such a material time when most clubs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Watson extended his appreciation for that gesture from Stanbic Bank. He also not that all clubs were struggling for incomes and noted that they intend to upgrade the Uganda Cup competition in liason with their partners to see that the events are broadcasted live.
Furthermore Decolas Kiiza, Deputy CEO confirmed that there would be no winner and that KCCA was nominated to represent Uganda at the 2020 CAF Confederation Cup. Kiiza also noted that the prevailing situations caused by the covid pandemic catapulted the cancellation of the tournament.
According to FUFA President Eng.Moses Magogo, the Federation had hoped to complete the season but due to the continued restrictions on the sports the federation reluctantlydecided to declare the 2019/20 season of the Uganda Cup nulland void with no winner.
The following is the way the prize money will be partitioned;
The six teams that qualified for the Quarter finals will each receive sh.6 million and these are;Proline FC,KCCA FC,Kyetume FC,Light SS FC, Kitara FC and Kataka FC.
The 6 teams knocked out at the Round of 16 will each receive sh.3million and these are;Kiboga Young FC, Dove FC, Maroons FC,UPDF FC, Tooro United FC and Free Stars.
Finally the four teams that were to play their round of 16 matches will share the prize money for their ties and will receive 1.5 million; URA V Wakiso Giants and SC Villa V Mbarara City.