In the aftermath of Kyetume FC’s demotion from the Uganda Premier League to the Regional League for failure to honour the FUFA Club Licensing Regulations, Kataka FC is set to be the substitute.
They had a deadline of Friday, August 12, 2022, which they apparently failed to beat, prompting relegation to two divisions down.
The Mukono-based side was shown the exit from the top-flight on Tuesday by the local football governing body FUFA, having failed to beat the Friday deadline extension.
“FUFA advises Kyetume FC to undertake the process of meeting the club licensing requirements for the Third Division Buganda Region for the 2022/23 season,” said a FUFA statement.
Kyetume have up to Monday to appeal FUFA’s decision, and should it be booted, their fierce arch-rivals will take up the place for the 2022/23 season.
“The club has a right of appeal through the FUFA Licensing Appeals body by Monday 22nd August 2022,” revealed the statement.
Because the FUFA Club Licensing rules are silent on who is supposed to take Kyetume’s place for the coming season, a sporting way is the most likely alternative.
In the FUFA Big League last season, Kataka finished fourth, behind Kyetume, and are the side likely to gain promotion should the latter’s appeal fall through.
The two sides played in the last FUFA Big League game with a place in the UPL at stake. Despite Kataka needing just a draw, Kyetume won the encounter 3-2 and got promoted.
The game in Mbale was also marred with violence and several indiscipline acts from the Kataka fans and players. Action has since been taken by the Federation.
Ahead of the 2012/13 season, Maroons FC declined to feature in the then FUFA Super League opting for the Uganda Super League, Aurum Roses FC was instead promoted.
The latter had been beaten by Victoria University in the Big League playoffs hence the sporting decision.