Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has relegated 2014/2015Uganda Premier League club, Lweeza F.C back to its lower division (FUFA Big league)citing the club’s failure to comply with the licensing regulations for a top flight club.
While at the Federation’s head offices, FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday, Patrick Benard Ogwel the Federation Chairman in charge of club licensing, announced the development for the axing of the Entebbe highway based club.
“After issuing out guidelines and circulars for the club registration process, some clubs have not made any endeavor to submit the required documentations. Lweeza FC has failed to reach the 40 percent deadline and therefore they are relegated to the lower tier league,” Ogwe announced.
Uganda top flight league clubs are supposed to meet the minimum of requirements for at least 56 percent to be granted a temporary certificate of registration with FUFA.
Requirements Lweeza failed to comply with.
Ogwel says, Lweeza FC has failed to comply with the necessary requirements needed and these include;
Proof of current club bank statement, Budget of the entire season, Contract of match and training venues, Lack of the U-17 junior team, Failure to have certified Club Chief Executive Officer, Missing list of senior players with their shirt numbers and a working office.
He however stated that the club only managed to submit CAF B coaching credentials, compliance and ownership forms.
Ogwel communicated that Lweeza FC can as well appeal FUFA’s decision within 48hours.
If Lweeza FC fails to meet the requirements, FUFA has the powers to call upon a team from the FUFA Big league as a replacement.
Uganda Revenue Authority, Express, Jinja Municipal Council, Sadolin Paints, Maroons and Victoria University have been given deadlines until Monday, 10th August 2015 or else they are to follow the footsteps of the Kajjansi based outfits.
SC Villa, KCC, Simba, Vipers, Bright Stars have up to mid-season to clear the missing requirements.
Only four clubs, BUL FC, Soana, Police and The Saints have fulfilled all the necessary requirements.
The new season commences on the 14th August 2015 with a Super Cup tussle between league champions, Vipers SC and Uganda Cup winners SC Villa.