With Football governing body in the country (FUFA) yet to make a formal communication, this website has learnt that five UPL clubs have failed to meet the club licensing requirements to take part in the 2019/20 league season.
Record league winners SC Villa, newly promoted Kyetume FC, Busoga United who changed name from Kirinya Jinja, Police FC who are yet to confirm a home ground and West Nile based side Onduparaka are the five clubs.
The-SportsNation sources have confirmed that the FUFA Licencing board will be sitting on Tuesday to evaluate the documents of the other 11 inspected clubs.
The Licensing board is expected to fine the other five clubs as it was the case last season when Mbarara City, Nyamityobora and Paidha BA where stripped off the rights to host their games at home.
In an earlier communication from the board, club licencing program started very early this year on February 19, with education and sensitisation seminars with the deadline on June 21st. Then, SC Villa, Police FC, Kyetume FC, Onduparaka FC and Tooro United FC had only submitted 10% while Vipers SC had not submitted any requirement but the latter has passed the test as we speak.
About FUFA Club Licensing:
Club licencing, is a club development tool FUFA appreciated far back in 2008 and later in 2012 was put in FUFA statuette, it was a programs iniated by FIFA, later adopted by CAF and its member association where FUFA is one.
It’s like a roadmap/schedule or action plan provided by club licencing unit which clubs in the league have to follow for a particular season.
All the 16 clubs competing in top flight must atleast submit in minimum requirements passed by executive committee for them to qualify for only inspection (which is category A according to FUFA) and these requirements were put in different criterias as follows:
*Administrative and personnel criteria which include things like club ownership, safety and security, coaches on a club with their qualifications and medical personnel.
*Legal criteria which cover things like application for club licencing, club statutes for FUFA approval, club ownership registration to FUFA, FUFA compliance form F901 and COR.
*Finance criteria which include submission of club’s seasonal budget, current bank statement, proof of club CEO as signatory on club account, previous income and expenditure statement of accounts.
*Licence application identity and address which including high resolution logo in electronic format, Nickname of the club, motto/slogan, one page history of the club etc
*Infrastructure criteria which mainly covers the whole stadium and its condition and everything about it, offices with internet, computer and fittings, fixed telephone and training grounds and everything about it like tenancy agreement.