By Allan Damba
Following a recent upsurge in the COVID-19 positive cases in Uganda, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has come out to retract its earlier decision to allow only 200 fans in stadiums.
FUFA cites that the Ministry of Health statistics indicate the pandemic is on the rise again and that there was a strong need of protecting the lives of those directly involved in the games.
In a statement directed to all stakeholders, fans will no longer be allowed in the stadiums for the remainder of the FUFA organised competitions until they deem the situation safe for everyone.
“As you are all aware, according to the Ministry of Health statistics there is an upsurge of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda,” FUFA said in a statement.
“Therefore, in order to ensure the safety and health of the players, technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.”
“As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd division and the Uganda cup there shall be no fans in the stadium. Teams are further strongly encouraged to limit all the other authorized personnel to the bare minimum.”
“SOPs must be strictly observed and Covid-19 vaccination enhanced throughout the country,” added the statement signed by FUFA Deputy CEO Decolas Kizza.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced the football governing body to cancel the Uganda Cup and award the Uganda Premier League title to Vipers with five games to spare.