The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed it will cover accommodation, food, security, medical fees and some testing fees for COVID-19.
This was confirmed on Monday 5 October 2020 during a successful consultation meeting between association staff and various clubs in the new building of the FUFA complex in Mengo, Kampala.
Moses Magogo, chairman of FUFA, chaired the meeting to brainstorm on how best to organize this playoff.
Magogo was accompanied by Darius Mugoye (second president of FUFA Darius Mugoye), Decolas Kiiza (deputy managing director of FUFA – football), Hamid Juma (member of the executive committee of FUFA), Hajjati Aisha Nalule (director of competition director of FUFA). Ivan Kintu Bayige (FUFA Club License Manager) and Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications Director).
The FUFA chairman emphasized the importance of the club to football in general.
[su_quote cite=”Magogo noted.”]We thank you for the incredible work you are doing for football. Football clubs are the beginning blocks of football. Without clubs, you can not have football. You are making a contribution to the game of football.[/su_quote]
The COVID-19 Challenge:
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Magogo admits that 2020 is an unusual year that will have a serious impact on the football business, but life must go on.
[su_quote cite=”Magogo added.”]We are aware of the challenges everyone is going through because of COVID-19. We are in an abnormal year but football people want to play football but life is very important. It is not a matter of life and death. We must live tomorrow. As football people, we have a responsibility to make. We want to be as fair as possible so that we take football to the next level. There is no time and already club licensing is taking place. We received SOP’s from Government and the Ministry of Health that included playing before under closed doors, regular social distancing, masking and sanitizing as well as quarantine of the teams (tournament environment with camping hotel after undertaking COVID-19 tests)[/su_quote]
FUFA agreed to split the cost of testing for COVID-19 to provide accommodation at the FUFA Technical Center, all food and medical teams for the tournament, which will also include an ambulance.
The 2019-20 player license will be used.
The meeting was also a great platform for current representatives from various clubs to share ideas until the end of the meeting.
Different reactions from representatives of different clubs:
[su_quote cite=”Denis Omwon, Hot Springs Football Club”]We have to take the costs, playing without fans is okay in respect of the COVID-19 regulations. Cost sharing would be ideal issue[/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”John R Olukei, Sansiro Football Club”]The camping the players and no fans is bearable but the cost of testing for players is high.[/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Jasper Barigye Muhinda, Tiles & Terrazo Football Club”]I thankFUFA for negotiations with Government upon partial easing of sports. We urge FUFA to come up with a proposed date for holding the play-offs to help the clubs in planning [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Joseph Collins Ssemanda (Ndejje University Football Club”]If the sporting measures fail, then FUFA should use the club licensing measure to determine the prepared clubs in case football cannot be played [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Jimmy Ojok, Young Elephants Football Club”]Temperature testing should be considered [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Edrine Ochieng, President Gaddafi Football Club”]This consultation is good enough and shows fair-play. FUFA takes the credit here. We are ready for action after the COVID-19 tests have been done [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Henry Owor, President Admin Football Club.”]We are ready to meet feeding and accommodation costs, but the testing costs should be met by FUFA [/su_quote]
Moses Magogo (FUFA President), Darius Mugoye (FUFA Second Vice President), Aisha Nalule (FUFA Competitions Director), Hamid Juma (FUFA Executive Committee Member), Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications Director), Ivan Kintu Bayige (FUFA Club licensing manager), Sarah Birungi (FUFA Competitions officer), 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)
FUFA Big League play offs (2019-20) – Semi-finals:
Tentative Date – 10th October 2020
Kataka Vs Kitara
Kiboga Young Vs Ndejje University
Buganda: Luweero United Football Club (Ssezibwa) Vs Buwambo United FC (Katonga)
Eastern: Admin (Bukedi group) Vs Gadafi FC (Nile)
Kampala: Edgars FC (Cobra group) Vs CATDA (Scorpion)
North East: Sansiro (Bisina) Vs Team Church FC (Kyoga)
Northern: Gateway (Group A) Vs Northern Elephants (Group B)
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)
Venue for play-offs is FUFA Technical Center, Njeru