By Baron Kironde
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has resolved that there will be no regional leagues played until next season.
FUFA has decided to cancel the third division league following a surge in COVID-19 related deaths and positive cases.
“Due to supervisory and logistical hiccups caused by the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, FUFA has decided to cancel the FUFA Regional Leagues for 2020/2021 season,” an official statement from FUFA partly read.
According to FUFA, efforts will be diverted to an early and timely kickoff of the 2021/2022 Regional League season.
The local football governing body has urged football stakeholders and everyone else to continue and intensify efforts in the fight to stop the spread of COVID -19 as a unified effort to control the spread of the virus.
Initially, the regional leagues were slated to kick off this week across the country with a revised format as FUFA emphasised that clubs and all stakeholders ensure that the Covid vaccination is taken by all.
However, in circular No. 1135 dated 2nd June 2021 and signed by FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza, FUFA decided to postpone the Regional leagues that were due to take place just within a few days.
“To ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff, and all stakeholders, the FUFA Regional Leagues anticipated for kick-off soon are hereby postponed until further notice,” FUFA announced some days back until officially concluding to cancel the tournament on Friday, June 11, 2021.
This is now more than one season and still counting without regional leagues. The 2019/20 season was called off midway due to the break out of the coronavirus pandemic in the country in March 2020.