Mbarara City's Jude Ssemugabi in airborne mode as he faced KCCA at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo. More games will be on Television effective the second round Credit: John Batanudde

In a bid to increase the number of live broadcast matches for the Uganda Premier League, an initiative of the lunchtime kick-off games has been birthed.

Effective the second round of the 2021-22 UPL season, there will be lunchtime games on every other matchday.

This was announced during a press conference held at Soliz House, the home of StarTimes Uganda in Kampala on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

UPL CEO Bernard Bainamani (left) with StarTime’s Ismail Lule at Soliz House announcing the lunchtime kick-offs for the UPL games (Credit: David Isabirye)

Uganda Premier League Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bernard Bainamani, flanked by the StarTimes Brand and Marketing Director Ismail Lule alongside Peter Kibazo (UPL Board Member) addressed the media.

Television is one of the main vehicle we have to use in order to promote Ugandan football. As exclusive broadcasters, we are happy to welcome a second production on board. This means more games on Television, more excitement and more fans.

Ismail Lule, Brand and Marketing Director, StarTimes Uganda

UPL CEO Bainamani welcomes the 2:00 pm idea for the Uganda Premier League, urging the more games to be televised, the better to market the league, players and lure more partners on board.

“Having more games televised means that our league will receive more visibility for players, existing partners as well as those yet to come,” Bainamani revealed.

UPL Board Member Peter Kibazo (Credit: David Isabirye)

To increase the number of games on Television, we had to initiate early kick-offs at 2 PM. This will help in a number of ways across the board; creating more content, giving the league more visibility, employment opportunities and attracting more partners on board.

Peter Kibazo, UPL Board Member

That said, the number of televised games this season will rise from 75 to more than 120.

Effective Saturday, 5th February 2022, the 2 PM games will resume with Wakiso Giants’ home duel against Gaddafi at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium in Wakiso on Matchday 16 as the second round officially kicks off.

The second game to be televised at 2 PM on Matchday 16 will be between BUL and Vipers at the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe, Jinja on Wednesday, 9th February 2022.

The matches of the first round conclude on Friday, February 4, 2022, with Busoga United hosting URA at Kakindu Stadium.

Games at 2 PM for 2021-2022 UPL Season (Second Round):

Match Day 16:

  • Saturday, 5th February 2022: Wakiso Giants Vs Gaddafi – Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso (2 PM)
  • Wednesday, 9th February 2022: BUL Vs Vipers – Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe – Jinja City (2 PM)

Match Day 17:

  • Friday, 11th February 2022: Express Vs Tooro United – Betway Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium (2 PM)
  • Saturday, 12th February 2022: URA Vs Gaddafi – Arena of Visions, Ndejje University – Bombo (2 PM)

Match Day 18:

  • Friday, 18th February 2022: UPDF Vs Vipers – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium, Bombo (2 PM)

Match Day 19:

  • Wednesday, 2nd March 2022: Arua Hill Vs Wakiso Giants – Barifa Stadium, Arua City (2 PM)
  • Friday, 4th March 2022: Sports Club Villa Vs Busoga United – FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru (2 PM)

Match Day 20:

  • Tuesday, 8th March 2022: Gaddafi Vs Express – Gaddafi Arena – Jinja city (2 PM)
  • Wednesday, 9th March 2022: UPDF Vs Arua Hill – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium, Bombo (2 PM)

Match Day 21:

  • Tuesday, 15th March 2022: UPDF Vs Wakiso Giants – Bombo Military Barracks Grounds, Bombo (2 PM)
  • Wednesday, 16th March 2022: Vipers Vs Busoga United – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (2 PM)

Match Day 22:

  • Friday, 25th March 2022: Mbarara City Vs Express – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara City (2 PM)
  • Saturday, 26th March 2022: Gaddafi Vs Police – Gaddafi Arena, Jinja City (2 PM)

Match Day 23:

  • Tuesday, 29th March 2022: KCCA Vs Soltilo Bright Stars – MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo (2 PM)
  • Wednesday, 30th March 2022: URA Vs Arua Hill – Arena of Visions, Ndejje University- Bombo (2 PM)

Match Day 24:

  • Tuesday, 5th April 2022: UPDF Vs KCCA – Bombo Military Barracks Grounds, Bombo (2 PM)

Match Day 25:

Wednesday, 13th April 2022: Wakiso Giants Vs Express – Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso (2 PM)

Match Day 26:

  • Wednesday, 20th April 2022: BUL VS KCCA – Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe – Jinja city (2 PM)
  • Friday, 22nd April 2022: Police Vs URA – MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo (2 PM)

Match Day 27:

  • Sunday, 1st May 2022: BUL Vs Onduparaka – Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe – Jinja city (2 PM)

Match Day 28:

  • Saturday, 7th May 2022: Express Vs BUL – Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku (2 PM)

*2 PM Games for match days 29 and 30 are yet to be determined

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

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