FUFA calls off Regional League play-offs due to multiple COVID-19 infections

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has called off the two remaining Regional League play-off semi-finals due to multiple coronavirus positive results.

Only two semi-finals were yet to be played involving Young Elephants vs Northern Gateway from the Northern Region League and Calvary vs Hot Springs FC from the West Nile Region League.

The latest round of tests from Young Elephants and Hot Springs returned eight positive results, a number that was labelled ‘a high ratio of infections and could easily endanger the entire community’.

“Tests conducted for Young Elephants Football Club from the Northern Region and Hot Springs Football Club from West Nile Region returned Eight (8) positive results each,” FUFA said in a statement.

The matter was forwarded to the FUFA Executive Committee which considered the matter as not provided for under the FUFA Competitions Rules.

According to statement from FUFA, the matter has been resolved as follows;

1- The playoff matches Young Elephants v Northern Gateway and Calvary v Hot Springs are decided in favour of Northern Gateway FC and Calvary FC.

2 – A single match Calvary FC v Northern Gateway FC be played on Saturday 31st October 2020 at 12:00pm to determine the team that will sportingly be promoted to the 2nd Division 2020/2021.

3 – Young Elephants FC and Hot Springs FC are encouraged to undertake measures and guidelines from the Ministry of Heath to ensure quick recovery of the affected individuals of the teams.

FUFA also added that they continue to emphasize the importance of the health of everyone and will do all in its means to ensure support to the vulnerable in this COVID-19 Pandemic.

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