Why the UPL Secretariat rejected SC Villa’s request to postpone match against Vipers

Martin Kizza celebrates his goal against Bright Stars. He also won the Jogoos a penalty which Mbowa converted in the game © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
Martin Kizza celebrates his goal against Bright Stars.

Uganda Premier League:

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

  • Vipers Vs SC Villa Jogoo – Nakivubo Stadium, 4:00 p.m

Following a decision for the Uganda Premier League (UPL) secretariat to reject a formal request by Sports Club Villa to have their upcoming match against Vipers for this upcoming Saturday at Nakivubo Stadium, Kawowo Sports’ Davis Isabirye has dug deep to unearth the circumstances why secretariat sticks to the scheduled fixture.

Obviously, there is a looming fear for the piling of fixtures ahead of the new month and the year.

At first, the secretariat had reasoned of filling up the gap when the planned 2016 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup was thought not to happen.

Unfortunately, some clubs had already planned for the breather; KCCA sought an international build up with Tusker at Lugogo and SC Villa traveled to Vietnam for close to 7 matches.

Then, UPL lies in scenario of avoiding some clubs accumulating games at the expense of others.

The other school of thought is the dossier that head of technical at Vipers, Harunah Kyobe released as soon as he learnt of SC Villa’s request to postpone the game.

Kyobe wrote on his personal Facebook page;

The UPL Intergrity on test: In a bid to avoid Saturday’s Azam Uganda Premier league thriller with Vipers at Nakivubo Stadium, SC Villa has written to the league secretariat requesting for its postponement under the disguise that they are travelling back on the match date.

Wasn’t SC Villa aware of the league fixtures before travelling for the Asian tour? Though anything impossible is possible in the pearl of Africa, i give Bainamani’s committee a benefit of doubt on this, they just can’t stoop too low to that extent. However, at Vipers we are not entertaining any of these mind games hence preparations for the encounter are in high gear.

UPL, over to you the football world is watching

The UPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bernard Bainamani Bernard (BBB) hastily replied on Tuesday that the fixture will go on as earlier scheduled unless the Jogoos appeal through the office of the FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson.

UPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bernard Bainamani Bernard (BBB) during a club management course at the FUFA Technical center, NjeruKAWOWO SPORTS | David Isabirye
UPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bernard Bainamani Bernard (BBB) during a club management course at the FUFA Technical center, Njeru

Bainamani’s full statement copied to the both clubs (SC Villa and Vipers), FUFA President, 3rd Vice President, FUFA CEO, Director of Competitions at FUFA, FUFA referees manager and the FSLL Board reads;

We guide that the UPL Secretariat has no powers to extend your voluntary or involuntary stay in Vietnam beyond the period indicated in your letter to FUFA CEO copied to us (copy attached) detailing your travel arrangements to and from Vietnam.

We therefore advise you to address the matter to the office of the CEO FUFA which will in turn advise us on the course of action regarding the fate of the above fixture.

Otherwise, your game against Vipers SC stands as per the fixture.

On Monday, SC Villa through their club CEO,  Ivan Kakembo wrote to the league managers about their intended  delay in Vietnam, accruing from the extended time of departure.

Unfortunately, out flight back to Uganda has been delayed to 1.35 pm so we request our game on Saturday, 3rd December 2016 to be postponed.

SC Villa has played six matches so far on the Vietnam tour  winning three, drawing two and losing one.

Their last game is against Quang Ninh on Tuesday evening.

The Jogoos lie second on the 16 team log with 24 points, four better than third placed Vipers.