Uganda premier league side Jinja Municipal Council Hippo has ran to the FUFA appeals committee seeking to revise the Uganda Premier League’s decision to award giants Express Football club docked points.
By Baker Lwesabula
According to the JMC Hippos (Jinja Municipal Council Hippo as they are commonly referred to as) vice chairman Fred Kiwanda some players lack passports but the requirement is not enough to award Express points they failed to secured on the field.
“ We fought had to win this game to get all the three points, we can’t sit here and watch Uganda Premier league give out our bloody points to Express FC” said Mr. Fred Kiwanda
The FUFA appeals committee is expected to convene and decide this matter before the second round of the Azam Uganda Premier League resumes (expected to commerce early February next year)
The oldest club in Uganda (Express FC- founded in October 1957) petitioned to the Azam Uganda Premier league secretariat seeking reverse results of this game (between JMC against Express) played two weeks ago at Kakindu stadium in Jinja District which Nakiwala Kiyingi’s boys lost 1-0 thanks to Daniel Shabena’s 26 minute strike that had gave the Jinja based club their first season win.
After one week, the UPL secretariat awarded to the Mayuni boys (Express FC) as there are commonly referred too as three points and three goals after they proved beyond reasonable doughty that the Jinja side (JMC Hippos) fielded players who didn’t possess a national passports which makes them ‘ineligible’ to play according to FUFA regulations.
However, JMC believes a pass port is not one of the key requirement required for any player to play in the Uganda premier league.
According to this year’s new guidelines that Uganda top football governing body (federation of Uganda football associations FUFA) released recently, every player playing in the Azam Uganda Premier League and Big League must posses a Valid Passport and a National ID.