Football Federation fails to decide URA, Simba fate

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After failing to pay the security fee of US10,000 each by URA FC and Simba FC to take part in continental football next year, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has failed to make a decision on their fate and referred the matter the CEO Edgar Watson.


The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) failed to make a decision on the fate of URA FC and Simba FC after the two clubs refused to pay US$10,000 security fees before they can be allowed to represent the country at continental level next year.
 
“We have referred the matter to the FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson to look at the matter extensively before we can make any decision,” FUFA spokesman Rogers Mulindwa told URN on Wednesday evening after the executive meeting.
 
Last week the football body had said the two teams who officially qualified to represent Uganda in the Orange Champions League (URA) and Orange Confederations Cup (Simba) who be stopped from taking part if they failed to pay this security fee. FUFA explained that the money is simply for security purposes so that the teams are taken seriously and don’t withdraw along the way and make the Federation incur penalties from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and that the money would be returned if the clubs did not withdraw along the way.
 
But the two teams also stuck to their guns claiming CAF has no rules like payment of a security fee anywhere and they were ready to challenge this. “We shall wait for what the CEO tells us by next week then we inform the two clubs on our next move,” added Mulindwa.
 
In 2009 Uganda’s League champions Bunnamwaya FC did not enter the Orange Champions League and many Ugandans were not amused by the move since the club is also owned by FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa.
 
Last year SC Villa’s last minute withdrawal from Orange Confederations Cup also cost FUFA a fine of US$3000 while the federation footed another fine of US$5000 for the indiscipline exhibited by the KCC fans in South Africa during a match against Super Sport FC in 2009.