URA is set to represent Uganda continentally despite narrowly losing out the StarTimes Uganda Premier League title to Express. URA FC is set to represent Uganda on the continent as one of the two teams that will contest in the CAF competitions.

URA narrowly missed out on the UPL title after finishing second on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) table, but have been nominated by the Ugandan football governing body (FUFA) to represent the country at the 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup.

Express FC who were declared UPL Champions will relatively represent Uganda at the CAF Champions League.

Initially, the league champion normally takes up the first slot to play in the CAF Champions League, as the Stanbic Uganda Cup winner fills in the second place to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup (though FUFA reserves the right to nominate a candidate where necessary).

Meanwhile, the Stanbic Uganda Cup competition is at the semifinal stage but the games will be played to a conclusion before the start of the 2021/2022 new season, FUFA announced.

However, the ultimate decision to nominate URA to take up the second CAF slot was reached upon in a FUFA Emergency Executive Committee sitting held on Tuesday 29th June 2021.

It is in the same meeting that a final decision was taken to end the 2020/21 SUPL season based on Article 18, Section 1, Sub-section C & D of the FUFA Competition rules.

Express, in the first position with 58 points, just one more than URA (57 points) were therefore declared the season’s league winners even with four games left for most of the teams before a normal end to the season.

This, after President Yoweri Museveni, imposed a total lockdown making a sporting conclusion of the league impossible.

The league winner (Express) was therefore determined following the fact that atleast one club had played more than 75% of the league games.

The TOC (Tournament Organising Committee) got the 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.

The above method implied that Express who were top of the table be declared Champions of the 2020/21 UPL season.

The decision also implied that Kyetume FC, MYDA FC and Kitara FC have been relegated to the StarTimes FUFA Big League.

John Bugembe
July 1, 2021