“Pray for us.” Mbarara City Football Club pleaded to the football fraternity on Tuesday evening on their social media platforms after learning that they had been excluded from the 2018/2019 Uganda Premier League (UPL) season.
The decision was made by the FUFA club Licensing Committee before the closure of business on Tuesday 26th September citing noncompliance.
“Mbarara City FC has been excluded from competing in the UPL season 2018/2019 due to non-compliance for failure to officially provide a fully inspected and approved venue to host matches,” the local football governing body, FUFA said in a tweet to their official handle.
The Ankole Lions hosted their home games from Kakyeeka Stadium in Mbarara last season but the venue failed to meet the playground standards set by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the forthcoming season that kicks off this Friday.
In an official letter to the club, here is what the federation said;
"Following the process of club licensing done by the Fufa Club Licensing Committee and the subsequent timelines extended to your club,
You are hereby informed that your club has been excluded from competing in the Uganda Premier League season 2018-2019 due to non-compliance by failure to officially provide a fully inspected and approved venue to host the matches.
Under the Fufa Licensing Regulations your club is eligible to register in the 3rd Division competition in the 2018-2019 season."
The decision comes just two days prior to the kick off of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League that is scheduled for Friday 28th September with seven games to be played on the opening day.
According to the provisional fixtures, the Ankole Lions were slated to opening their campaign against Express Football Club at the venue that was yet to be communicated.
Mbarara City FC finished 11th on the 16-team table last season (2017/2018) with a tally of 32 points from the 30 games.
By Robert K James