Tooro United’s trip to Vietnam for the 2018 BTV Cup won’t be happening after all, this is after FUFA withdrew their clearance to travel.
Tooro United who feature in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League were on December 11th, 2018 cleared by FUFA to travel to Vietnam for a series of international friendlies.
But in a letter dated December 18th, 2018, signed by the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson and addressed to the General Secretary of Vietnam Football Federation Le Hoai Anh, that clearance was withdrawn.
“This is to inform you that Tooro United FC slated to travel for the BTV Cup has been found non-compliant with the regulations of FUFA and FIFA by failing to provide key mandatory requirements before travelling,” read part of the letter.
“The earlier authorization therefore given has been withdrawn and Tooro United is not cleared to participate in the BTV Cup.”
On Monday night, news of Tooro United travelling for the competition circulated, eyebrows were raised when the travelling contingent had names of players and officials attached to other teams.
The notable names were Kirinya Jinja SSS striker Joel Mandodo and his coach Charles Ayiekoh who was travelling as the technical assistant.
Surprisingly the duo was cleared to travel by their club as a sign of ‘fair play’ according to the CEO of Kirnya Jinja SS Paul Mukebo.
The list also had defender Mujuzi Mustafa and midfielder Abel Eturude of Proline and Onduparaka respectively whose clubs hadn’t cleared them to travel.