Uganda football is never short of controversy or drama. This weekend, recently promoted Uganda Super League football Club, ProLine FC boycotted its fixture against SC Villa in protest of Federation of Uganda Football Association’s “poor communication”
In a press statement, the Club gave the following reasons for boycotting the Fixture at their home grounds in Philip Omondi Stadium Lugogo;
- Proline FC received a letter from FUFA calling Mujuzi Mustafa to the National Team on Monday 2 September 2019 at 6:34 pm and another communication came in on Friday 6th September at 1:33 pm inviting Bright Anukani to the National Team.
- On Thursday 5th September evening after getting information from the Press that Bright Anukani was on the travelling team for the Kenya Friendly Game, We wrote to the UPL secretariat requesting for rescheduling of the game given that we had two of our key players travelling with the team.
- UPL Secretariat responded to our request on Friday 6th September at 4:45 pm referring us to a letter that was shared on 4th September 2019 at 6:24 pm local time, the UPL Secretariat communicated Fixture adjustments to stakeholders (Letter Ref: SUPL/02/04/09/19). Before we received communication about calling of Bright Anukani to the national team.
- The FIFA Rules on international breaks are very clear; An international break is simply a weekend when (basically) all the domestic leagues take a week off to let players go home and play for their national teams. This weekend of 5th, 7th and 9th are designated as an international break. FIFA insists that official and friendly matches take precedence over all domestic matches and the Uganda cranes vs Kenya game is taking place during the official FIFA International Break. (Release of players for National Associations representative matches in accordance with the coordinated international match calendar)
However, earlier, FUFA was adamant and had gone ahead to issue a last-minute statement confirming that the fixture would be held despite ProLine’s protests. In that respect, SC Villa the visiting team turned up but were however unable to play due to the absence of their opponents.