By Spy Uganda
Kampala: A few days ago, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) issued a circular No. circular No.1119 giving an update about the decisions and state of football competitions mostly those of 46th edition of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
This came after FUFA had cancelled the 2019/20 season of the Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup declaring it null and void with no winner due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions on sports.
A subsequent press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala on today October 13, 2020, indicated that despite the Cup cancellation, the main sponsors Stanbic Bank will honour its commitment by paying prize monies to clubs that had progressed to the Round of 16 and the Quarter Finals.
This press conference was attended by the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, FUFA Executive Committee Member Hamid Juma, FUFA Deputy CEO- Football Decolas Kiiza and the communications director Ahmed Hussein.
Ogong further recommitted Stanbic Bank’s desire to associate with FUFA and the Stanbic Uganda Cup in particular.
‘As an organization, we do believe that football and sports, in general, is part of society. We, therefore, believe in financing businesses and impressions, education and sport. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the oldest football competition in the country as it has had its ups and downs. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic for this edition, the money will be issued to the clubs at the earliest time possible.’ Ogong said.
Edgar Watson, FUFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was excited for Stanbic Bank to pay the clubs at such a material time when most clubs have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I wish to extend my appreciation for this gesture from our sponsors Stanbic Uganda. At this time when all clubs are struggling for incomes, we really appreciate this gesture. We intend to upgrade the Uganda Cup competition with other partners and broadcast live.” Watson remarked.
According to FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, the Federation had hoped to complete the season but due to the continued restrictions on sports, the Federation reluctantly decided to declare the 2019/20 season of the Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup null and void with no winner.
Prize Money for the Cancelled 2019/20 season will be paid out as follows:
The 6 teams that qualified for the Quarter Finals will each receive UGX 6 million:
1. Proline FC
2. KCCA FC
3. Kyetume FC
4. Light SS FC
5. Kitara FC
6. Kataka FC
The 6 teams that were knocked out at the Round of 16 will each receive UGX 3 million:
1. Kiboga Young FC
2. Dove FC
3. Maroons FC
4. UPDF FC
5. Tooro Utd FC
6. Free Stars FC
And the 4 teams that were yet to play their Round of 16 matches will share the prize money for their ties. Each will receive UGX 1.5 million:
1. URA vs Wakiso Giants
2. SC Villa vs Mbarara City