Both Nkumba and Ndejje Universities will not participate in this season’s Handball League that is scheduled to kick-off in September thanks to their failure to beat the required registration deadline.
This decision comes after the stakeholders of the sport led by the federation held a meeting at Old Kampala Arena in a bid to have the Handball league hosted at a court of international standards.
Amongst the other issues on the agenda was a memorandum of understanding that was proposed between the two parties and it’s expected to be signed in the foreseeable future.
According to Uganda Handball Federation (UHF) deputy secretary however, the 2019 National Women Handball League champions Nkumba University and Runners-up Ndejje University opted out because of the fact that they use students.
Mobilizing these players who are at the same time students was therefore going to be a job of considerable difficulty considering that schools and universities are currently closed.
“Ndejje and Nkumba communicated to us about their difficulties and indicated that until schools are opened, they will not be able to mobilise their teams for the league.” he said.
He would continue to say: “We have 14 teams in total that have confirmed their participation in the 7-team league for both the male and the female divisions after submitting their names to the competitions committee and the fixtures will be out soon.”
UPDF HC, Prisons HC, Police HC, Kyambogo, Evergreen, Kyaka and Mukono Lions are the teams that will participate in the men’s league.
On the other hand the clubs that will participate in the female division will be UPDF HC, Prisons HC, Police HC, Kawanda Secondary School, Nkajja, Kyengeza and Victoria University who will be making their debut.
The handball league was not attempted the previous season because of the COVID-19 Pandemic that led to closure of sports.