By Edwin Kyle Kule
If it’s a sad story written, then Ssaza side Ssingo has penned down a number of pages and it looks like they are still writing more.
The Two time Airtel Masaza Cup champions have been banned from the tournament for a year with immediate effect unless they pay a UGX 15,000,000 fine.
“We have decided that Ssingo has been banned from the Masaza tournament for a full year unless they pay a fine of UGX 15 millions,” vice-chairman of the Masaza organising committee Samuel Mpiima said in a press briefing.
“The players such as Ivan Kakumba, Moses Jagwe and Frank Bukenya have also been expelled from the tournament for two years due to indiscipline” Mpiima added.
Indiscipline cases from Ssingo have been on a rise right from the time of preparations with the team’s official Uthman Wasswa indefinetly suspended for flouting health guidelines.
“This is not the right image for the Kingdom of Buganda so I can say Ssingo as a team has portrayed a very poor image and we are sad because all along this has been a big team in which we had trust.”
“We couldn’t sit back and watch all this happen so we decided to punish Ssingo thoroughly for them to understand that such an image shouldn’t surface again in the Masaza tournament.”
Mpiima went ahead to send a stern warning to the Bulange group who are yet to enter the bubble to ensure they keep sanity within their team.
“I call upon all teams in Bulange group to sit down with their players and organise them to be in the best shape to play the tournament because as the committee we shall do all it takes to safeguard the image of the Kingdom.”
“We have a positive attitude that such cases won’t happen again in the groups that are yet to feature such as Bulange that is set to kick off on Monday because such moments portray a negative image,” Mpiima concluded.
Ssingo crashed out at the group stages, finishing bottom of Butikiro group with one point from the four games conceding 10 goals and scoring once.
The 2020 Airtel Masaza tournament takes a short Christmas break and will resume on Monday December 28, 2020 as Bulange group kicks off.