Uganda Cranes legend Jackson ‘Mia Mia’ Mayanja has pleaded to FUFA to walk back on their decision to relegate Kyetume FC.
The new UPL entrants were relegated from UPL before the season kickoff after failing to meet Licensing requirements.
The club’s appeal was on Monday rejected and the Federation has ordered the side to register for Regional League, not even FUFA Big League.
Mayanja who helped Kyetume earn their first ever UPL promotion after the 2018/19 season, has told FUFA to have a soft heart.
“I am not directing but pleading to FUFA, the Federation boss (Moses Magogo) should this time step in and look into the matter,” Mayanja told The-SportsNation.
“I know a law is a law, and Kyetume must have relaxed somewhere but we all learn from our mistakes. Kyetume are not the first to be at the wrong end of this and I am sure they will not be the last.
“We remember what happened to SC Villa last season, in fact the league was played for over three match-days before they were reinstated. So, if a 16-time record winner struggled through the process, what about a certain small club from Nakisunga?
“This club means a lot to the locals; Mukono is a soccer-mad area and this is their team. The people of Nakisunga love their club, it means a lot to their daily life and also create jobs not to mention the booming business especially on match-days. All this should be considered.”
FUFA said that Kyetume had no players on the dashboard in the Connect System as the club failed to register players onto the system by deadline (August 10 2022) as a minimum Club Licensing requirement.
Mayanja added: “This club has done more great good, impacted the Society and has and still producing more talent that will also play on the National team.
“Let them serve as the last example and warning at least to the rest of the club. I know how much Ruben (Kagwa, Club President) puts into this team and how they work tirelessly to see that this club remains firm. Football has changed and evolved a lot, and such teams should be protected and helped in all ways possible.”
The Uganda Premier League will kick off on September 30, and the fixture is expected to be released this week.