Local football governing body, FUFA has finally permitted Proline FC’s plea to play in Kampala but not Buganda Region for the 2022/23 Regional League (third division).
The club has over-time insisted that their home and roots are situated in Kampala and despite FUFA denouncing this on several occasions, the latter has at long last given in.
“It is therefore the decision of the FUFA Executive Committee that Proline Football Club is allowed to play in the Kampala Regional Football League (3rd Division),” partly reads the Thursday-signed FUFA letter.
Initially, FUFA’s stand on the team featuring in Buganda, had been based on the fact that Proline had acquired Nalubaale FC, a Buikwe District (Buganda) outfit.
“The FUFA Executive Committee approved that Proline FC plays in the Buganda Regional League for 2022/2023 season. Proline FC acquired Nalubaale FC that was started in Buikwe, Buganda region,” a FUFA statement had declared on Monday.
However, their latest decision has hinged on a similar precedent that happened with Mbale Heroes, who played in the second division as Kiboga Young (Buganda), but, in the Eastern region as Mbale after demotion to the third division.
“The Executive Committee had based its decision on the provisions of the rules, but has since received more information of a precedent earlier taken of allowing Mbale Heroes FC that had been promoted from Buganda Region (as Kiboga Young FC) to the FUFA Big League (2nd Division) on demotion to play in the Eastern Regional League (3rd Division).”
The latest development implies Proline will push ahead with their nurturing of talent from the suburbs of Kampala, including the areas of Nakawa, Lugogo, Naguru, Namuwongo among others.
It’s however not clear if they’ll be granted more time to fulfill the FUFA licensing requirements for the 2022/23 season.