KAMPALA, UGANDA: FUFA, the country’s football governing body has omitted SC Villa from the second draft of the fixtures for the 2021/22 Star Times Uganda Premier League (UPL) season with just three days to the kickoff.
The new UPL season will commence this week on Friday on October 15th, 2021.
SC Villa which was part of the first draft fixture released last week has been omitted from the second draft for what FUFA labeled as Administrative problems at the club.
According to Ms. Aisha Nalule, the competition’s director at FUFA, SC Villa was left out because it does not have a Chief Executive Officer, which is one of the basic licensing requirements.
“Each club is supposed to have a Chief Executive Officer. But as we talk now, we don’t have the CEO for Sports club Villa. So they failed on the governance structure,” Nalule said.
Recently, SC Villa confirmed that they had parted ways with their former CEO, Shawn Mubiru and replaced him with Brenda Nambalirwa. However, FUFA suspended Nambalirwa accusing her of taking football matters to court.
Nambalirwa ran to court to challenge the SC Villa presidential election.
The League Chief Executive officer, Bernard Bainamani believes that the secretariat has faced several challenges with club licensing, which slowed their work. Bainamani says that to license a club, the Premier league secretariat evaluate several issues that put the club at the international standards.
These include among others a good home ground with well-structured dressing rooms and favourable pitch, the financial power of the club and stable leadership.
According to the opening fixtures of Oct 15th, 2021, defending champions Express will start their title defence against newly-promoted Arua Hill FC at their Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Mbarara City will host Solitlo Bright stars at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara while Onduparaka will take on UPDF FC at Greenlight stadium in Arua on the same date.