FUFA RESETS LEAGUE KICKOFF DATE
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has today confirmed that Kickoff of the StarTimes FUFA Big League has been postponed from the tentative set date of 18th Match 2021 to 25th March 2021.
The Federation made the confirmation through letter addressed by the Competitions Director Hajjat Aisha Nalule to Big League Clubs, including Arua Hill SC.
“The kickoff of the Startimes FUFA Big League has been postponed from 18th March 2021 to 25th March 2021,” reads part of the letter received by Arua Hill SC.
Though FUFA didn’t clearly state reasons for change of date, logic suggests the postponement could have been made to give room for clubs to complete the player licensing process and COVID-19 testing of players and staff as the letter mentions the testing would take place from 20th and 22nd March 2021.
“By 17th March 2021 all clubs should have submitted lists of people for testing and that means licensing of players should be conducted by 15 March 2021,” reads the letter.
“The Covid test will be conducted by different regions as per the schedule provided by FUFA Covid-19 test committee,” the letter continued
Arua Hill home ground Barifa has been selected by FUFA as one of the testing venues, with Arua Hill SC, Paidha Black Angels FC and Calvary FC all directed to carry out tests in the Leopard’s home ground on 20th March 2021.
In the provisional fixture released a week ago, Arua Hill SC was set to face Blacks Power FC this coming Thursday at Barifa FC in their first Big League fixtures, with the following game set for 24th March against Kataka FC in the same grounds.
Arua Hill SC has been training, with involvement in exhibition matches since November last year, in preparation to start of the Big League season.
The team has been able to play 29 friendly games in four months while ensuring the health of its players and staff are not compromised .
Arua Hill prioritizes the health and wellbeing of players including all staffs, consequently has emphasized and will continue to ensure strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will be tested for COVID-19 as required by the competition organizers.