The Fufa Competitions Disciplinary Panel (CDP) on Wednesday docked Proline FC six points and as many goals for failing to turn up for their Uganda Premier League match day three against SC Villa.
The match was scheduled for last Saturday September 7 at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo but the newly-promoted side snubbed the fixture claiming that they had two players summoned to the Uganda Cranes that drew 1-1 away to Kenya on Sunday during a Fifa gazetted International weekend.
Proline reason not to honor the fixture was based on the 2001 Fifa circular no.792 that stated: “National championship games should not be scheduled during the set FIFA dates for international matches and friendlies.”
However, the CDP nullified Proline’s reference arguing that it was no longer in line with the prevailing FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. Proline had two players –Bright Anukani and Mustapha Mujuzi on the Cranes team while KCCA and Vipers whose fixtures were rescheduled had three.
The ruling, signed by panel chairman Deo Mutabazi, confirmed that the secretariat worked within the laid rules and regulations –especially Article 19 of the FUFA Competition rules that provides: “If a club has three (3) or more players in the national team, the fixtures involving such a club may be called off three (3) days before and three (3) days after the national team engagement if it is to be played in Uganda and may be called off three (3) days before departure and three (3) days after return from an engagement outside Uganda.”
Basing on all the above facts, the panel ruled that Proline FC loses the match against SC Villa by forfeiture and be docked six points and six goals from those accumulated or to be accumulated in accordance with Article 24 (9) of the FUFA Competition rules.
The club was also found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and, thus, fined Shs5m that should be paid by 18th September 2019.
Proline had accumulated three points from six games but went at the foot of the table with a three-point deficit.
The Stanbic Uganda Cup champions are in Rwanda for CAF Confederations Cup first round first leg fixture against AS Kigali due this Saturday at the Stade regional de Kigali, Nyamirambo.
A 25-man contingent led by FUFA’s Richard Ochom had 18 players including new signing Hamis Kiiza who will be making his continental debut for the FUFA Big league reigning champions.
Proline beat Masters Security of Malawi 3-0 on aggregate –thanks to an emphatic 3-0 win at home in the first leg.
Goalkeepers: Hassan Matovu, Shatif Magola
Bernard Muwanga, Mustafa Mujuzi, Yusuf Mukisa, Saka Mpima, Ibrahim Sendi, Richard Ajuna, James Begisa, Sula Sekamwa
Midfielders: Sam Tiyo Kintu, Bright Anukani, Noordin Bunjo Jaggwe (Captain), Andrew Okiringi Isiagi, Ibrahim Wamannah
Forwards: Ivan Bogere, Hakim Kiwanuka, Diego Hamis Kiiza
Officials: Richard Ochom (Leader of Delegation), Asuman Bakshi (Deputy CEO), Mujib Kasule (Club Director), Mathias Lule (Team manager), Baker Mbowa (First team coach), Swaib Ssebagala (Goalkeeping coach), Isaac Ssenoga (Team Physiotherapist)