After President Yoweri Museveni’s extension of the nationwide lockdown by 21 days due to the effects caused by the coronavirus, the StarTimes UPL (Uganda Premier League) return date remains uncertain.
The top-flight league action was expected to return on May 5th 2020 for the five remaining rounds.
However, with the lockdown ending exactly on the same date, it will most likely be extended to allow teams training time.
League CEO, Bernard Bainamani confirmed a course of action will be taken with respect to the President’s directive.
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“The Fufa and FSLL statutes respect national laws and hence at UPL we shall comply with the 21 days extension of the quarantine and other measures as issued by the government,” Bainamani was quoted saying.
“Certainly, the extension takes us beyond our scheduled return date for Startimes UPL which was May 5 and in liaison with Fufa and clubs.”
“We shall discuss the next course of action subject to the relevant provisions of the relevant competition rules,” he added.
The league went into the break with Vipers SC on top of the standings with 54 points followed by KCCA FC with 50 points.
In case the league fails to complete, Fufa competition rules will declare Vipers as the champions since 75% of the games were already played.
How is this affect players?
The president’s extension of the lockdown to 21 days was not good news to the Uganda Premier League players as their welfare remains questionable.
Most of the clubs are unable to pay their players during this period when the games are not going on.
Teams like SC Villa, Onduparaka are some of the teams which have failed to facilitate their players during this period.
However, teams like Vipers SC, KCCA FC, Wakiso Giants assured their players of their salaries even during this lockdown period.