Less than a month ago, 16-time StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions Sports Club Villa confirmed Bombo Barracks Grounds as their home ground for the 2020/21 campaign.
However, with only weeks away from the start of the season, the Jogoo will again be asylum-seekers elsewhere after their new home is one of the grounds disregarded from hosting league games by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
This development emerges from the fact that the stadium inspection committee graded all stadiums and came to a conclusion that only those that fall under grade three and below will host league games.
And despite the fact that SC Villa met the minimum licensing requirements, it is unfortunate that Bombo is not among the grounds classified under grade three and below.
“We have issued the results of the stadium inspections and also club licensing evaluations and following the classification by the stadium inspection committee, we have graded them into five levels,” FUFA Deputy CEO in charge of Football Decolas Kiiza said.
“Only those at level three and below qualify to host league matches. A level three stadium is that which fulfils our own parameters according to our stadium regulations.”
“So, in the upcoming SUPL season, no Premier League game shall be hosted in a stadium not at level three,” Kizza added.
The Edward Kaziba coached side left Mandela National Stadium after it was turned into a COVID-19 patient treatment centre and their request to host their league games at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium at Wankulukuku was unsuccessful.
A level one stadium is capable of hosting a FIFA match while level two stadiums are capable of hosting a CAF match following inspection and certification CAF respectively.
According to the grading, there’s only one stadium at level two in Uganda and that’s St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende which earns SUPL champions Vipers SC an automatic ticket to host games at the stadium.
KCCA’s MTN Omondi Stadium, Onduparaka’s Green Light Stadium in Arua, Wakiso Giants’ Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium in Wakiso, Express’ Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku are ranked as level three.
Others are; King George IV Stadium in Tororo, home to newly-promoted side MYDA FC and the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Meanwhile, Mbarara City’s Kakyeka Stadium, Arena of Visions in Luweero which was home to URA FC last season, Luzira Prisons Ground and Bugembe Stadium in Jinja among others are categorised under level four.
Vipers, KCCA FC, Express FC, Police FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Onduparaka FC and MYDA FC are only the seven clubs that have fulfilled all the licensing requirements according to a statement released by the licensing department.
Clubs yet to fully submit their licensing process will need to use the remaining period to sort their licensing with the start of the new season looming large on December 3.