President Museveni confirms Ugandan football return

Football in Uganda has finally been allowed to return after President Yoweri Museveni allowed sporting activities to return on Sunday.

In his address to the nation, Museveni confirmed the government will allow sporting activities to resume but without spectators.

He, however, asked organisers to test players for Covid-19 72 hours before any match.

“Open-air activities of sports will be open, provided there are no spectators,” President Museveni said.

“We must learn to have games without spectators and players should be tested 72 hours before the games.”

 “Players should learn to remain quarantined for the period of the games,” he added.

Football return a good news

Like many East African nations and across the world, Uganda moved to ban all its social gatherings and sporting activities.

This was immediately after the coronavirus pandemic struck the country in mid-March.

Football was not spared either as the Ugandan Premier League (UPL) was halted for some weeks before it was prematurely ended.

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) moved to award the league title to Vipers SC.

The Venoms were sitting top at the time the league was suspended.

On the other hand, Maroons FC, Tooro United, and Proline FC were relegated with KCCA FC, getting the nod to represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Vipers, who will represent the country in the Caf Champions League, have welcomed the decision by the government.

“Sports activities re-opened provided we follow the SOPs. Football is returning pretty soon,” Vipers tweeted.

Fufa also welcomed the move by tweeting, ‘current mood’ with a photo of the women’s national team celebrating a goal from a previous match.

While Vipers will go for the Champions League, KCCA FC will carry the country’s flag in the Confederation Cup.

All teams are currently busy in the transfer window with Fufa setting October 17 as the tentative date to resume the league.

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