KAMPALA – Uganda Premier League CEO Bernard Bainamani has instructed clubs to attend Wednesday’s FUFA Consultative meeting.
This comes after nine of the invited 14 clubs wrote to the UPL board notifying it of their intention not to attend the meeting.
The meeting which is slatted to take place at FUFA House in Mengo is aimed at holding discussions concerning Club Licensing Programs for the 2020/21 season and Competition Reforms among others.
However, clubs including SC Villa, Busoga United, BUL FC, Mbarara City FC, Express FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Kyetume FC, Bright Stars FC and Onduparaka FC wrote to Mr. Bainamani notifying him of their intention not to attend it.
In a letter signed by Mbarara City FC chairman Mwine Mpaka on behalf of the nine clubs chairmen, the clubs claim that the invitation to discuss club licensing and league reforms in one meeting is ineffective and will not deliver the desired outcome of the meeting.
They also say that the notice given is rather too short for them to make the necessary preparations and consultations.
It is understood that the clubs had earlier planned for a similar meeting scheduled for June 18th, 2020 as communicated by the UPL.
After receiving the later, Bainamani has dismissed it and advises the clubs to be present at the meeting.
“Reference is made to unreferenced letter dated 9th June 2020 received on 9th June 2020 at 3:14 pm from an email account email@example.com (David Ssema) purported to have been signed by Hon. Mwine Mpaka, Chairman, Mbarara City FC on behalf of the under-listed Club Members.” Noted Bainamani in his response.
“We respond that we do not recognise this letter since the members purporting to be representatives of the listed clubs have not appended their signatures individually.
“Secondly, UPL recognizes official communications from individual clubs signed by the Club CEO, Chairman or President.
“Note that the meeting notice was sent to individual clubs and we expected each club to respond individually.
“Therefore, this is to confirm to you that the meeting remains as scheduled (Wednesday 10th June 2020, 10:00 am, FUFA House, MENGO),” the letter concluded.
Earlier, FUFA invited 14 of the 16 clubs expected to take part in the 2020/21 season for the meeting.
The club’s invited include Vipers SC, KCCA FC, SC Villa, Busoga United, URA FC, BUL FC, Mbarara City FC, Express FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Kyetume FC, Police FC, Bright Stars FC, MYDA FC and Onduparaka FC.
It remains to be seen whether the meeting will go ahead as planned and if the nine clubs indeed boycott it as earlier planned.