By Simon Abaho
Express FC were today crowned the champions of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and were handed the trophy at a scientific ceremony that was attended by very few people as a way of observing the COVID-19 SOPs.
The scientific crowning ceremony took place Tuesday morning at the Sorriz House, the home of Start Times Uganda who are the Official Sponsors of the League.
The ceremony was attended on the basis of invitation, was graced by a few elites in the sports world that is the FUFA administration, a few journalists and other sports partners.
Yunus Ssentamu was awarded as the Top scorer of the Season with 16 goals, while the one who followed him had 13 goals. He is the Vipers FC player who finished third on the table just 2 points behind the leaders.
Mathius Muwanga represented the captain who was in absentia as his deputy to receive the trophy and the medals for the players. Muwanga was also awarded the best goalkeeper of the season as he had 13 clean sheets. The other Express FC players did not attend the ceremony.
The Red Eagles conceded only 13 Goals during the entire season.
When asked why the same ceremony was not organized for Vipers FC last Season, FUFA President Moses Magogo who was present, said that ” Vipers was asked to choose a date for the awarding ceremony which they did not to do, because of reasons known to them. It seems they were preparing for CAF.”
The President of Express Fc Kiryowa Kiwanuka was not able to attend but sent a representative. The head coach Wasswa Bossa and Muwanga represented the Express FC team.
Joe Kigozi, the Chief Strategy Officer at Next Media, who represented the Sanyuka TV team, who are co-sponsors of the league, said they promise to continue the partnership with StartTimes of broadcasting the games. They were able to televise 76 games out of the expected 120 games they anticipated.
The Wankulukuku based team was top of the log with 58 points, one above second-placed Uganda Revenue Authority with four games left.
However, FUFA said the declaration of Express FC as champions was made inevitable by the continued uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
“The FUFA Emergency Executive Committee has taken the decision to end the 2020/21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League based on Article 18, Section 1, Sub-section C & D of the FUFA Competition rules,” FUFA said in a statement.
The statement continues that; “The above article states that where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure is not played to completion the league winner shall be determined where at least one club has played more than 75% of the league games.”
FUFA also declared that whereas Express will represent Uganda in the CAF Champions League, second-placed URA FC will play in the CAF Confederation Cup.
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