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FUFA bans fans in stadiums at its organized competitions

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KCCA FC fans attending a Uganda Premier League match at Lugogo before Covid-19 happened. Courtesy Photo

Local football governing body Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has banned fans from its organized competitions due to the current surge in Covid-19 cases.

On Thursday, FUFA issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice. The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza.

The circular is addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders.

“As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda,” a missive shared by FUFA website read.

The affected competitions include; Uganda Premier League, Uganda Cup, FUFA Big League including women’s comepetitions.

FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

“As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums. Teams are further strongly encouraged to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum. SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country,” another part of the statement read.

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