Ssimbwa hopeful URA can get chance to fight for title again

By Baron Kironde URA FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa is hopeful that the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season can find a sporting conclusion. The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) announced that the league will be indefinitely suspended following a 42-day lockdown imposed by the government due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.  The … The post Ssimbwa hopeful URA can get chance to fight for title again appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

Ssimbwa hopeful URA can get chance to fight for title again

By Baron Kironde

URA FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa is hopeful that the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season can find a sporting conclusion.

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) announced that the league will be indefinitely suspended following a 42-day lockdown imposed by the government due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. 

The coach is of a strong view that the league will become “meaningless” if the title is habitually awarded before the end of the season.

“I do not see any good reason why the league should not be completed,” Ssimbwa told Football256.

“It is unfortunate that action was halted at such a moment, but we should give the season a chance to find its natural conclusion.”

“We do not even know when this virus will be gone. So, when it continues to the next seasons, and then titles should just be awarded cheaply like that?” Ssimbwa pondered, arguing that the champion should only be crowned after accumulating maximum points after the end of the season.

Ssimbwa’s URA (57 points) lied second on the log, a point behind leaders Express FC by the time the league was suspended. 

“The boys were fired up to get maximum points against Busoga on Saturday. We had our game plan set and we were already camped in Jinja,” Ssimbwa narrated. 

However, the presidential directive issued on Friday, June 18, implied that all sports activities including all UPL matchday 27 games scheduled for Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 could not happen until after 42 days.

Ssimbwa recounts that there was a sudden wave of disappointment in the URA camp, but the players were composed enough to understand.

The coach brags about his players’ “mental toughness” and is optimistic the league will end normally.

“My boys are ever ready. Regardless of when the league resumes, they are focused and will deliver. I left each one of them a specific program.

FUFA has given assurance to communicate new dates in due course after obtaining the necessary clearance from the government.

The UPL was initially set to climax on June 30, but if FUFA decides to end the season, Article 18 of the Sporting Regulations will be once again be applied like last season, implying that Express who are currently top of the league will be declared champions.

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