Referee Ronald Kirangwa will soon be a free man after the FUFA Appeals Committee that convened on February 26th, 2019 allowed his appeal against the three year ban.
Ronald Kirangwa, assistant referees Lydia Wanyama and Samuel Kakembo were banned for three years, five years and two months respectively on November 7th, 2018. Te previous day they had been in charge of a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game that ended one all.
The trio according for the FUFA Referee’s Disciplinary panel were unprofessional in the manner they handled the, Kiragwa and Kakebo allowed a Tito Okello goal when he was yards offside while Express was leading 1-0.
Wanyama’s two months ban ended in January but Kirangwa will have his ban reduced to six months, including those he has already served.
Part of the statement signed by Diana Nabuuso the chairman of the FFUA Appeals Committee read as follows in bits.
• Considering FUFA statutes, regulations and exercising the powers of the FUFA Appeals Committee under article 13 of the FFUA Disciplinary Code the Appeals Committee Rules as follows;
• Mr Kirangwa’s appeal is allowed
• The three year suspension sanction is set aside and substituted with a six (6) months suspension. The suspension will include the time he has been serving.
It’s likely that Kirangwa might miss the rest of the season but will be in time for the 2019/2020 season.
Kakembo’s five year ban has been reduced to one year but demoted to officiate in the lower leagues.