The 19th edition of the Corporate League will eventually return for the first time since the country went into a Covid19 induced national lockdown.
The organisers have confirmed receiving greenlight for resumption from Ministry of Health and National Council of Sports.
Consequently, the first event will be a massive vaccination campaign for all member teams on Sunday May 30 at Legends ground in Lugogo, Kampala.
The league had kicked off last year at Kyambogo but was halted when government banned all public gatherings including Sports Activities.
“I want to thank God for this far we have come since last year,” started Corporate League Manager Jennifer Namugga.
“Since the lockdown we have been thinking about the league and after the lockdown was relaxed, we engaged the Ministry of Health but they said No. When they opened Sports, we continued to engage them, it has been a process and they kept promising us. It has been a series of events since January and we are glad that they gave us greenlight.”
Namugga also said that the there is a maximum of 20 players at a time in observance to SOPs.
Vice Chairman Julius Ikwete confirmed that much emphasis will be put on SOPs as the League resumes behind closed doors.
“We are grateful for the clearance from authorities above. We shall kickoff the new outing with massive Covid19 vaccination campaign. This is in conjunction with Red Cross, KCCA, Kibuli Hospital and the Ministry of Health,” said Ikwete as he reechoed words from Chairman Boaz Nabimanya.
Nabimanya said that they will be playing at Legends as they wanted a smaller venue because only 30 of 75 teams have registered so far, but they will move to a bigger venue probably Kyambogo as the league continues.
Team managers will be required to present albums of their players before kick-off for verification of players and issuance of licenses. In the long run, the League committee will issue corperate licences.
Before league kickoff last year, the point awards system was modified where a team’s corporate values like branding, transparency and responsiveness at the expense of just grinding out results on the pitch, was put into consideration.
SOPs To Be Followed:
*Carrying out a vaccination exercise for our members
*The mandatory testing for the team players
*Playing without fans
*Pan not to have more than 20 players per company
&Social distancing, play a 7-aside football which ensures minimum contact
*Hand washing with soap and sanitising
*Mask wearing and use of temperature guns
*Medical teams on ground from Nakasero hospital, Kiruddu, Kibuli, hospital and AAR.
*Ensure all other safety measures
Hotel Africana clinched the overall title as 54 teams took part in 2019.