Express FC coach George Ssemwogerere is not and will not be the last to show his discontent about the timing of FUFA Drum.
As it was similarly the case last year, this year’s second edition comes at a time during the league’s business end.
There have reportedly been internal scuffles between Clubs and Federation (FUFA) as teams have tried to bar their players from responding to the provincial summons.
Clubs have punched holes in the credibility of the tourney, and many have complained about their players returning injured. However, FUFA continues to take the acts as those intended to downplay the tourney.
“The timing is wrong,” affirmed Express FC coach George Ssemwogerere.
“FUFA Drum affects us because a player can’t play twice in three days, Players are overworked. Players will pick injuries. This tournament should be revised.”
Much as Ssemwogerere is a known FUFA critic, his statement this time will carry water as over seven starters at Express were involved in Sunday FUFA games.
Ivan Ocholit, Michael Birungi, Disan Galiwango, Tony Odur, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Joe Male and Kiggundu were among the Express FC players involved in FUFA Drum.
Consequently, Coach Sim revealed that he is planning to rest some of these players, especially those who played 90 minutes, a move which directly affects the club.
It should be noted that FUFA warned clubs who intended not to release their players for Drum competions.
The FA urged clubs to respect and oblige to their guidelines.