Before playing any single game in the 2019/2020 Uganda Premier League, Police FC is already in shambles after being docked off three points and three goals by FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel.
This came after the Cops’ failed to honour their Star Times Uganda Premier League match against Onduparaka FC, on 30th August, 2019 on match day one which is contrary to the FUFA Competition Rules.
To make matters worse, they failed also to submit a ‘written explanation’ within 48 hours to explain their absence. Though the club insist that they made prior notice to the federation about the situation.
The real reason why they missed the game though, is that they were taking part in the annual East Africa Police Chiefs Organisation Corporation (EAPCO) games.
“A club failing to turn up for any league/competition match shall submit a written explanation to the TOC within forty eight hours from the date of the match,” Article 24 of the FUFA Competitions rules explains.
This means that the Abdallah Mubiru coached side will start their season by hosting BUL FC at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso.
Regardless of all these, Mubiru is buoyant that his side’s mission this season is to win games and playing electrifying football to the football lovers.
“Our target is to win, play well and entertain our fans who come to watch our games. The game is for 90 minutes and the win always come at the end of the game,” Mubiru told www.football-256.com.
According to the Uganda Cranes interim head coach the game is beyond just winning and teams should also think about entertaining their fans who spend their valuable time watching these games.
“We want to bring in that excitement which is beyond three points because watching a game for 90 minutes is beyond just a win, fans have to get what they deserve and this should come from the way the team plays.”
“Much as every team’s target is to win but the excitement created by the way teams play is also a key factor to attract more fans to watch the game,” he added.
Police enters tomorrow’s game looking for their first win against BUL FC since March 2016. Both teams have met six times since, and BUL have picked up five wins with only one game ending in a draw.
Last season, BUL won both ties against Police FC home and away with a 2-1 score. Therefore, Police enters this game looking for nothing other than a win.
It will be interesting how the cops handle the transition after they lost a couple of top performers including last season’s top scorer Juma Balinnya and right back Paul Willa.
They also lost midfielders Hassan Kalega, Ahraf ‘Fadiga’ Bamuturaki and defender Ivan Bukenya whose loan deals expired.
But they seem to have replaced quite well with Yusuf Ssozi, Samson Kigozi, Herman Wasswa and Henry Katongole who joins on loan from Vipers. Together with Johnson Odong and the returning Ben O Ruben Kimera, Police have the squad capable of competing.
BUL have already picked up a 1-0 victory over Express and they will be raring to go again when they visit Police FC.