FUFA’s Deputy CEO in charge of football Decolas Kizza says that the federation decided against sportingly completing the 46th edition of the Stanbic Uganda Cup because ‘the situation did not allow to’.
In May, FUFA’s extra-ordinary executive committee meeting decided to call off the 2019/20 season following a government directive to suspend all sporting activities at the height of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country.
Basing on the uncertain prevailing times then and the evolution of the pandemic, majority of the competitions were called off as FUFA invoked Article 18 of its sporting regulations.
However, the Uganda Cup which had reached the Round of 16 stage was suspended with FUFA maintaining that the competition will reach a natural conclusion once the situation allows to.
But on Wednesday, the federation backtracked on its stand saying in a statement; “There will be no further action of the Stanbic Uganda Cup 46th edition”.
Speaking exclusively to Football256, Kizza explained the backtrack in the decision; “It took longer than anticipated for government to clear sports activities.”
“The time left and the upcoming 47th edition would not allow for the desired conclusion.”
“FUFA and the Sponsor are discussing the modalities and the final decision shall be communicated,” he added.
Article 23 of the Uganda Cup regulations specifically elaborates on what happens in cases of force majeure, with a points system favoured should the competition reach at least the Round of 16 (as in this case).
In any case, the article was not considered by FUFA as provided for. Kizza, however, maintains that the Executive Committee made the decision through its mandate as provided for in the regulations.
“It’s the FUFA Executive Committee that decided that there will be no further action of the Stanbic Uganda Cup 46th edition. They derive their mandate from the FUFA Statutes (as amended),” he said.
FUFA is now expected to meet with the tournament sponsor Stanbic Bank to finalise on the sponsorship package and its distribution.
All teams that reached the Round of 16 are guaranteed up to UGX 3 million each.