Uganda Ends Football Season, Express Declared Champions
Uganda has opted to end its Premier League season prematurely and enthrone Express FC as 2020/2021 season champion.
The decision by Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) to award Express the title comes after the cancellation of the current campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league had been put on hold in line with efforts in the country to halt the spread of coronavirus which ensured that the season could not end on the set date of June 18.
As such, Express who were one point clear at the top of the league have been awarded their first league title after ten years.
FUFA also confirmed second placed URA FC will represent Uganda in the 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup with Kyetume FC, MYDA FC, and Kitara FC being demoted to the second-tier competiton, FUFA Big League.
“The FUFA Emergency Executive Committee has on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, taken the decision to end the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League based on Article 18, Section 1, Sub-section C & D of the FUFA Competition rules,” read the statement on their official website.
“The above article states; where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure is not played to completion the league winner shall be determined as follows.
c) Where at least one club has played more than 75% of the league games, the following formula shall be used by TOC (Terms of Conditions) to determine the league positions.
d) Total number of points earned from the number of games played multiplied by the total number of games supposed to be played divided by the number of games played.
“Therefore, the following decision has been taken; Express, who were top of the table declared champions of the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League. Kyetume FC, MYDA FC, and Kitara FC have been relegated to the Fufa Big League.
“URA FC who were second on the Ugandan Premier League table at the time the lockdown was imposed will represent Uganda in the Confederation Cup.”
Express FC were the table leaders with 58 points, URA second with 57 and Vipers is third 56 each with four games left to play.
It is worth noting that the 2019/2020 Uganda Premier League was ended prematurely with six games not played and Vipers who were the table leaders were crowned champions with 53 points.