December 9, 2021

Express’ Kiggundu suspended for two matches

By Brian Aheebwa
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Express FC's defender Arthur Kiggundu | Express FC Media

Express FC defender Arthur Kiggundu will not go unfined for deliberately handling the ball inside his own box to deny Vipers SC striker Yunus Sentamu’s goal-bound effort from hitting the target.

 The FUFA Referees’ disciplinary panel has authorized the UPL to sanction him for his actions in the two all draw played at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankululuku last week. 

Kigunddu will receive a boardroom red card which is what he deserved in the first place.  He will miss his side’s next two upcoming StarTimes Uganda Premier League fixtures.

It is worth noting that the above incident had an implication on the results of the game that ended 2-2 hence the precedent actions.

Express will face SC Villa and Wakiso Giants FC in their next matches, all of which, Kiggundu will miss.

In the same development, center referee Rajab Bakasambe who was in charge of the game has also been suspended for three weeks by the panel. 

He will not officiate in six SUPL matches starting on matchday seven and his suspension will go on till matchday 12.

A similar decision was taken by the Referee’s panel on yet another referee, Lucky Kasalirwe who was in of Gadaffi FC versus Soltilo Bright Stars FC, a game won 1-0 by the former on Friday, October 29 at the Gaddafi Arena.

Following a video clip and the match accessor’s report, it is believed that Kasalirwe failed to recognize a foul or no foul when the Gaddafi goalkeeper Ronald Mutebi jumped on Emmanuel Loki.

Despite Mutebi’s challenge Loki managed to head in the ball but his legitimate goal was ruled out by the referee who instead awarded a free kick to Gaddafi.

It should be noted that referees have come under fire recently, following numerous dismal decisions in various games.

 Bakasambe and Kasalirwe join referee Ronald Kirangwa who was suspended for not sending off goalkeeper Samson Kirya who had maliciously tackled  Ibrahim Orit during Vipers’ 5-0 thumping of Wakiso Giants two weeks ago.

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