The 2020/2021 Uganda Premier League season starting date has been postponed by a month.
Initially, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) had set October 17 as a tentative date for the start of the new campaign.
However, it is not going to be the case as the Federation and clubs struggle to align themselves with the guidelines given to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“It is a theme of joy that we can start planning on playing football again,” Fufa first vice-president Justus Mugisha said.
“Our activities were affected owing to Covid-19 and these included the competitions.”
“We are grateful to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for blessing the partial return of sports in the country.”
“As Fufa, we are committed to continue engaging the Government to ensure the safe return and this includes negotiations on free testing as well,” he added.
Uganda Premier League to start in November
Mugisha went on to confirm the top tier return dates are now scheduled for early November and not as initially planned.
Clubs will have an extra month to work on their 2020/21 Club Licences but before then, the play-offs will be played.
“As Fufa, we are keen on making decisions to ensure everyone is safe, and it is the reason why we are pushing the starting dates by 30 days,” Mugisha stated.
Clubs to follow guidelines
On Friday, the Federation warned teams to wait for guidelines before engaging in any activities.
“Fufa wishes to thank His Excellency the President and all Government agencies that have enabled the resumption of Sports activities in Uganda, we are indeed very grateful.”
“Fufa wishes to put it to the notice of all its members, members of the Fufa members, and to whom it may concern that all the association football activities are still suspended until advised to the contrary,” Fufa said in the statement.