With only a week to the scheduled kick-off of the 2020/21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season on December 3, Busoga United and Kitara FC face an uncertain future of whether they will compete in the topflight next season.
The two sides failed to meet the minimum licensing requirements on time and were not included on the draft fixtures which were released last week.
However, after being given until Monday this week to sort the missing requirements, both sides are confident they have taken significant strides in fulfilment of the set standards.
A decision on whether the clubs will be included on the schedule for the 2020/21 season is expected soon, but both clubs exuded confidence that the decision will go their way.
“We were not on the league draft fixture because of some internal issues with club licensing which we have now settled,” Busoga United CEO Andrew Ndyabahika told the SportsNation.
“I have been in touch with the Licensing Committee and I spent two days at FUFA, I am very confident that we will play in the Uganda Premier League next season,” he added.
Kitara who sportingly earned promotion to the topflight in September has understandably faced challenges with the licensing process.
However, their CEO Joshua Atugonza argues that despite the short window, they have also taken strides to fulfilling the licensing process.
“It will be an unfair decision to us because we qualified sportingly and it has been a small window for all those licensing requirements,” Kitara FC CEO Joshua Atugonza stressed.
“If you are to gauge us with other clubs who started to prepare for the league way back in April, it has really been a short window for us.”
“However, we have fulfilled all the necessary requirements and we are confident that we will play,” Atugonza noted.
The biggest hurdle to either side’s licensing procedure, revolves around their home ground, but sources indicate that both clubs have zeroed down on the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru which they shall share.
Busoga United and Kitara face demotion to the third tier if they fail to meet the licensing requirements.