14 November 2012

Uganda: University League At Crossroads Ahead of Final Round of Matches

Following the constant violence in the University Football League (UFL), organizers have set up an Appeals Committee.

It is made up of Maroons FC coach, Asaph Mwebaze, former Fifa referee Ali Tomusange and Gulu University tutor Jildo Odong. League manager Anthony Tumwesigye says:

"The committee formation is derived from the rules and regulations of the league and every decision they reach is final."

This committee replaces the Disciplinary Committee, which had come under immense criticism due to its handling of sensitive matters. Following the brawl between Kyambogo University and Makerere University fans recently, the Disciplinary Committee had awarded maximum points to Kyambogo since the violence was initiated by the Makerere fans.

However, Makerere sought redress to the Appeals Committee, which in turn ruled that the game be replayed. In reply, Kyambogo have threatened to quit the league if the move is not reversed. Kyambogo cites foul play by Makerere.

As such, the organizers have now put off the final league games that will determine the winner as they try to sort out the confusion. For now, it remains to be seen whether the situation will be solved amicably.

All in all, the tournament has been a remarkable success and has drawn mammoth crowds at matches.

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