As i write this, two teams (Masaka LC and Maroons) have already reached the semis of this year’s competition. However, despite the positives, a lot has been messed up in this season’s competition especially by the Fufa Competitions Committee in particular Decolas Kiiza, the Secretary of the committee. Kawowo sports analyses the good, bad
and ugly of the competition so far.
THE GOOD: There has been a lot of good things so far.
COMPETITIVENESS: The Cup has not been short on competition. Express FC, Proline FC and Simba SC exited after being beaten by non super league sides. Such shocks have made the competition unpredictable. Its amazing that we’ve even had a regional side (Kireka Utd) in the quarters.
SHIFTING THE FINALS TO GULU: This has already created excitement amongst the soccer fraternity in the country. Every club wants to be part of the finals in Gulu. This innovation can only increase the love for the beautiful game up country.
THE BAD: Two teams have so far failed to honour their fixtures. Kwania FC never turned up to play SC.Villa at the round of 64 and Boro Boro Tigers also didn’t make the trip to Namboole to face Police FC at the round of 16. Both SC.Villa and Police FC qualified for next stages with out breaking any sweat something that only reduces competition. Postponement of Bunamwaya SC and Misindye-Soana fixture with out a genuine reason. The committee lied to the media that the big league side had requested for the postponement an allegation they deny. Inside sources indicate Bunamwaya did it since it had many of their players with the national team preparing for the international friendly with Egypt. This prompted Daily monitor’s Andrew Mwanguhya to hit about it in his article entitled “Bunamwaya, we can do with more honesty” though via the official facebook page of the club, they denied what he wrote and alleged it was meant to tarnish their image. However, the truth is known.
THE UGLY: On two occassions in games involving SC.Villa, match officials have arrived late for games. At the round of 32 versus Ndejje University, one of the assistant rèferees arrived 30 minutes late. Before his arrival, a fan volunteered which was an ugly scene. Still against Mbarara Old Timers, the match kicked off 45 minutes late as match officials were not available. There has so far been poor communication from the committee especially concerning venues. The venue for the match between Kireka Utd and Maroons FC was MUBS grounds according to Decolas Kiiza. However, the match was played at KCC Arena, Lugogo yet media houses had already informed the public the game was at Mubs. Ugly indeed. In conclusion, Fufa competitions committee, we can do better.