The organizing committee of the 2019 Copa football championship on Tuesday night nullified the petitions filed by two group E schools; Nakaseke International and Mbarara High School.
Mbarara High School filed a petition against Nakaseke International over a player, Simon Peter Oketch, whom they proved he is overaged (above the mandatory 20-year mark).
In the same vein, Nakaseke International accused Mbarara High of using striker Titus Wambedde, another overage player above 20 years.
Both schools presented their evidence before the committee which was verified and discovered to be inconsistent considering the National Identity Cards and FUFA Licences provided for the players.
Therefore the tournament organizing committee cast the blame game on either side as they both lose out on the valuable slot to the round of 16 stage.
The decision left both schools affected since they will not take any further action in the championship that enters its knock out stage on Wednesday.
The dates of birth presented by the schools (Mbarara High and Nakaseke International) were found to be inconsistent with the records available in the database for the National Identity Cards as well as the FUFA Licences owned by the players. The evidence presented was found lacking with several inconsistenciesKenedy Mutenyo, member of the local organizing committee
The bitter decision guarantees the would-be opponent, Royal Giant, a bye to the quarterfinal stage.
On Monday, the committee had ruled against Mbarara High over the use of an ineligible player in Paul Odeke who had failed his O-Level studies and therefore could not progress for A-Level.
Mbarara High thus lost the match by forfeiture to Iganga Parents, a decision that benefited Nakaseke International.
In fact, Nakaseke International had been even drawn in the round of 16 draws on Tuesday and was due to take on Royal Giant at Kakindu Stadium on Wednesday by 11 AM.
This development follows the ban for two schools – Musedde Memorial and Kisozi Seed who were found guilty of using ineligible students in the tournament.
Round of 16 Games (Tuesday,):
- Masaka SS Vs Bulo Parents – Kakindu Stadium
- Buddo SS Vs Uganda Martyrs’ High School, Rubaga – Mighty Arena, Jinja SS
- Royal Giants gets a bye to the quarter finals
- Standard High School, Zana Vs Kawempe Royal – Jinja SS
- St Henry’s Kitovu Vs St Johns –Kakindu Stadium
- St Mary’s S.S, Kitende Vs St Kaggwa – Mighty Arena, Jinja S.S
- Jinja S.S Vs St Julian, Gayaza – Kakindu Stadiu
- Jinja Progressive Academy Vs Kibuli – Mighty Arena, Jinja SS