Uganda Premier League’s Winners and Sinners

The Uganda Premier League (UPL) football season 2019/2020 that was set to end on 30 June 2020  but due to the continuous spread of Covid-19 globally, all sporting events were put at a standstill following the Government of Uganda (GOU) set preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus.

However, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) plan was to take a firm decision and give direction on the matter if by 31 May 2020 the lock-down on football activities would still be in place.

Following the 14th presidential address on Monday that extended the lockdown until Tuesday 9 June 2020, FUFA fulfilled their pledge to direct the nation about the UPL crowning Vipers SC who had collected 54 points in 25 games played followed by KCCA with 50 points also 25 games.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo

The decision to crown Vipers as the 2019/2020 champions was based on Article 18(c) of the FUFA Competition Rules (FCR) that addresses the failure to complete the league to unavoidable circumstances where all the 16 teams had played 25 of their 30 fixtures, 200 out of 240 matches (83.33%).

Sportingly, Maroons FC, Proline FC and Tooro United FC faced relegation to the 2nd Division for the season 2020/2021 having scooped 24, 22 and 22 points respectively.

Meanwhile, according to FUFA, Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) FC and UPDF FC have been promoted directly  to the top tyre league having topped their Big League groups.

Nevertheless, the battle for the third slot will be prevailed in a playoff before kickoff of the 2020/21 season where three teams will taste each other’s side in a home and away round robin challenge.

Teams to fight for the only one available slot are Kiboga Young, Kitara, Ndejje University and Kataka Football Clubs from the Big League.

Elsewhere, the Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup 2019/2020 that was remaining with only two matches at the round of 16 and the rest of the competition (11 matches) will be decided on by FUFA as they continue monitoring the situation with the desire to conclude the competition while KCCA FC was nominated by FUFA to represent Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup 2021 for effective planning and Pursuant to the FCR Article 16(6).

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