Image courtesy of Police media
By: Gladys Zawedde
Newly promoted Masavu FC have failed to produce players’ passports which led the game to be called off. Teams were given given a lease out to at least present a receipt or any documentation to prove the passports are under process but Masavu could not produce them.
After both teams warming up and looking more than ready for the game the match officials called them for inspection but it was to their surprise that Masavu failed to provide passports.
Masavu officials wanted to reach an agreement with Police Officials opting the game to be played under protest but Coach Abdullah Mubiru of Police hesitated hence calling off the game.
Fans who were eager and ready to cheer up their team wanted to start up a demonstration but Police together with Masavu officials managed to calm the situation.
And the team manager/finance Masavu Abdul Mugisha insists that the situation is under control and he requested the fans to stay calm. He said,
“We didn’t intend it and I take this opportunity to ask our great fans for forgiveness, we have tried to communicate with officials from the competitions committee their phones have been switched off and the few we managed to get told us that the game shouldn’t be played.
We were told by FUFA that whoever doesn’t have a passport can use a national ID. We are going to look into this and possibly the next home game as we host Vipers possibly will be free of charge. “
Assistant coach Gitta Alex also expressed his disappointment about the scenario,
“We have spent sixteen days preparing for this game and we as the technical team we have been ready for the game. I don’t know whom to blame because yesterday at 6:00pm I was assured by the club CEO that everything is set for the game.
I think by a day like this, FUFA should be knowing the teams ready to play because they were promising that anytime the passports should be out.
It is also today that it has been out that any coach without a practising license isn’t allowed on the touchline and I hope my colleagues from Police FC didn’t have them.
I think FUFA should set a deadline on which each club should have been registered their players instead of frustrating the football people. “
Coach Abdullah Mubiru of Police also had this to say
“It’s unfortunate towards the game and the league I am also disappointed together with the fans, who were eagerly waiting and paid for the game. It is bad for us since we have not tested our players its unfortunate that we are playing SC Villa who have played a competitive game.
I think it’s a weakness of the club who failed to do the needful in time if at all they were organised a communication would have been made with FUFA and the match could be refixed.”
It is now left to FUFA and the competitions committee to determine the fate of this game.