Sports | The Northern Link UG | The Federation of Uganda’s Football Association, FUFA has today postponed the Stanbic Uganda Cup for the second time since the tournament kicked off.
The tournament was slated to resume on August 19th, 2021.
The development was confirmed by FUFA communications director Ahmed Hussein, who revealed that FUFA wanted to give time to the National team players to concentrate on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
“The FUFA Competitions Department has postponed the Semi-finals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup that was due to be played between August 19-30th, 2021. The decision was taken to give the national team more time to continue with preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers as the Uganda Cranes will play against Kenya and Mali next month. The Competitions Department will communicate new dates,” said Hussein.
The Uganda Cranes team is currently in a residential camp in preparations for two matches next month. The camp comprises players from local teams like Vipers, Police, and Express which are all in the Stanbic Uganda Cup semi-finals
This is however the second time the tournament is postponed. It was first delayed by the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 that forced the local soccer governing body to suspend all sporting events in the country.
After the President okayed the resumption of sports in the country, FUFA conducted the Uganda Cup draw for the semi-finals that saw Police pitted against Vipers and Express against Bidco FC. The tournament was supposed to be played behind closed doors.
But after the draws, Vipers who are pitted against Police opposed the dates of the tournament saying it was too soon since players have not been training for a long time.
Traditionally, the Uganda Cup winners qualify to represent Uganda in the CAF Confederation Cup. However, FUFA has already picked URA to represent Uganda in the tournament since the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had requested names of teams during a specific time.