The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and Big League side Proline FC are embroiled in yet another row.
The two parties have in the past clashed regarding several issues and this time, it is because of player licensing.
It is understood that FUFA has denied Proline the go ahead to use up to six, some of whom they signed in the just concluded January transfer window.
“We do not know why FUFA is always tough and extra strict when it comes to Proline. Said a club official that preferred anonymity.
“They (FUFA) allowed Big League sides to sign players outside the transfer window but they are now denying us the right to use them.”
It is understood that FUFA had initially granted Proline provisional licenses for the said players but they expired after match-day two of this season’s Big League.
The players in question include Martin Aniku, Juma Ssebaduka, Norman Kugonza, Gerald Kirya and Brian Mato, who were all signed from other local clubs.
On the expiration of the provisional licenses, it is believed Proline returned to FUFA in an attempt to finalize the players’ documentation but in vain.
“We have submitted everything to FUFA but they have told us off regarding these players. The Official continued.
“It is sad because some other clubs have players of the same kind but have been cleared to play. It is only Proline that has been denied that chance.”
Alpha Ssali is the other player who will not be featuring for Proline in the next few weeks as he is yet to also secure a license.
Ssali who is the son to musician Bebe Cool, does not have a National ID and thus ineligible for licensing.
He was part of the national U20 Men’s team, Hippos, that finished second at the just concluded AFCON U20 finals in Cameroon and has been featuring for Proline’s U17 team.
Speaking to the FUFA Competitions Director Aisha Nalule about the claims, she was quick to confirm that Proline are still lacking some documentation for the players to be licensed.
“Proline are lacking some documentation regarding some players and as FUFA, we can not license players who have not fully submitted the required documents. Nalule said.
“We do not control the software system regarding transfers because it is FIFA that does that so their is no way we are denying Proline a chance to complete the signing of those players.
“If Proline can submitted the necessary documents, then those players will be eligible to play.”
Proline were facing a player crisis-of-sorts ahead of their match-day three Big League encounter away to Terrazo and Tiles on Thursday, April 1.
It is understood that by the start of the day, they had only 13 eligible players before Yusuf Mukisa, Diego Hamis Kizza, Savio Kabugo and Nicholas Ssebwato were cleared to play the game.