Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) and National Council of Sports (NCS) are set for a meeting to discuss the way forward for the Basketball Leagues.
NCS, on June 3rd, directed FUBA to suspend “with immediate effect” all planned fixtures for the Basketball League “until further notice.”
It is said that NCS believes that FUBA has failed to observe the set SOPs amidst a surge in Covid19 cases in the country.
The directive was issued with just one weekend to end the Regular season of the National Basketball League.
FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi has exclusively told The-SportsNation that efforts to find the way to complete the season have been intensified.
“We shall engage NCS today and see way forward,” Sserunjogi said on Monday morning. “There was nothing alarming to cause a suspension.”
FUBA also derives its confidence from the fact that President Museveni allowed Sports to continue, despite few restrictions, in his Sunday address.
Per set SOPs, the Basketball League is supposed to be played outdoor, without fans and players must present negative PCR tests.
Sserunjogi adds: “In my opinion, yes, we have been observing SOPs; We were doing routine testing and the few cases that were positive were handled and even those games suspended.
“The only challenge was using University venues which have students but as you are aware, we managed to control the fans. The numbers were not more than 200 as directed by government.”
A close source at FUBA believes that NCS suspended the league after recieving misinformation about the way the Federation has handled the SOPs.
In his speech, President Museveni closed schools (including higher institutions of learning) for a period of 42 days. These Education institutions like Nabisunsa, UCU, Ndejje, Makerere, Nkumba etc form part of the league and there is growing concern whether those institutions will continue to feature if the league restarts.
Sserunjogi commmented: “The schools register in the league as clubs not schools so they must find a way of playing if we resume.”