Agape S.S will play at the 2019 Copa Football Championships at the expense of JIPRA Credit: FUFA Media
Agape S.S will play at the 2019 Copa Football Championships at the expense of JIPRA Credit: FUFA Media

Agape Senior Secondary School from Namutumba District will play at the 2019 Copa schools’ national finals in Jinja next month.

This was after they successfully lodged a petition that was ruled in their favour against Jinja Progressive Academy (JIPRA).

The decision was affirmed at the National Council of Sports (NCS) headquarters in Lugogo, Kampala on Friday, 26 April 2019.

This happened during a special albeit tense sitting chaired by the National Organizing Committee (NOC) chaired by Raphael Bwiire, graced by strong delegations from the two schools in the box.

The petition filed by Agape S.S against JIPRA accused the latter for fielding a player, Frank Mulimi.

Mulimi had earlier completed his Primary education in the year 2013 but allegedly re-sat the Primary Leaving Examinations in 2015 under a different identity as Abbey Mukose at Nawankonge Primary School.

The aforementioned same player is captured in the FUFA Connect players’ system and he bears a license for Magamaga Young Football Club, but, as Erisa Mugadi with a date of birth as 3rd September 1997.

With the evidence presented, therefore, Jinja Progress Academy was found guilty of using a non-bonafide student, were disqualified and banned for one year.

Therefore, Agape S.S who had lost to JIPRA 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Busoga region qualifiers joins the hosts Jinja College, Jinja S.S, Iganga Parents and Busoga College Mwiri as the five representatives for the hosting region.

The main tournament will kick off with over 50 schools on 6th May 2019 and climax after two weeks.

Eight football grounds within Jinja Municipality will be used to host the games.

Buddo Secondary School is the defending champion after overcoming Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 1-0 in the 2018 final played at Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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