On Friday 13th March, the FUFA Executive committee came up with a proposal to reduce the Uganda Premier League teams from the usual 16 to 12 effect from the start of the 2021/22 season.
The reforms are meant to enhance the quality of Clubs, increase Sporting Competition, improve service delivery by organisers, create better club and league Brands, increase revenues for both the clubs and the league among other.
Uganda Cranes and current Kyetume FC team manager Jackson Mayanja has slammed the proposal citing that FUFA should deal more on professionalising football in the country.
“The FUFA Executive committee member should not think that they are the biggest football thinkers in the world. I don’t think reducing the number of teams will improve our league, I was in Tanzania they tried it and failed.”
” The federation should try to professionalise our league than coming up with such proposals. We need more sponsors to inject money the league.”
” Our players need to continue playing more games to compete globally and once the league is reduced to 12 then they will play a few matches.”
The Uganda Premier League transition will see six clubs relegated at the end of the 2020/21 season and only two promoted from the Big League at the start of the 2021/22 season.
The 2021/22 season would also see the league played over three legs like it is the case in the current FUFA Juniors League and the FUFA Women Super League.
FUFA will however welcome ideas from stakeholders or from anyone on the aforementioned proposals before a directive is made.