By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Kampala: Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed that they will have an official COVID-19 testing centre, from where all results will be recognized by the football regulations.
In a circular No. 1123 released by the Deputy CEO of FUFA – Football Decolas Kiiza Hantali, the federation will also procure in-house medical personnel on a full-time basis for a renewable period of six months and the new date for kick off has been confirmed as 3rd December 2020 from 20th November 2020.
FUFA’s circular reads, “FUFA will procure a Government authorized authority as the official FUFA COVID -19 Testing Centre and only results from such a centre will be recognized by the football regulations.
FUFA also procure in-house medical personnel on a fulltime basis for a renewable period of 6-months to undertake COVID-19 responsibilities as required of FUFA. Licensed players and technical staff for the 2020/2021 season who will undertake sporting roles at training and matches will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test.”
According to this circular, only persons who test negative and get issued with a FUFA COVID-19 clearance certificate shall be eligible to participate in the team training and matches.
“All Referees and Match Commissioners for the 2020/21 UPL Season will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test. Only persons who test negative and get issued with a FUFA COVID-19 clearance certificate shall be eligible to officiate the matches, ” the circular adds.
Training & Match Venues
The training and matches venues are out of bounds to persons that are not members of the playing or technical staff that have been issued with FUFA COVID-19 clearance certificate.
An inspection will be conducted by FUFA and only authorized venues will be issued with the FUFA COVID-19 Venue Clearance Certificate to host trainings and matches.
FUFA will issue COVID-19 Competitions Regulations to detail the execution of the authorized matches and training by the 15th November 2020 with the strict observation of training grounds and Stadium SOPs. There will be sanctions and fines up to exclusion of the club from FUFA Competitions for repeated and gross violation of the COVID-19 Competitions Regulations.