The 2019-20 Star Times Uganda Premier first round came to a conclusion at the beginning of this week with KCCA the defending champions humiliating the Uganda cup champions Proline fc in a whooping 4-0 win at their shared home Star Times Stadium Lugogo.
The league competitiveness is some thing to smile about in the first round which led to increased fans turn-up on match days. The fans morale boosting led to a stiff competition for the tittle run between almost all the current top four clubs.
The broadcast partner Star Times have also not disappointed, according to the records, clubs receive their quarterly packages of a round 19 Millions per club in time and they have already received their second quarter.
This partner has also offered beyond contract limit as the Television was supposed to air matches played at Mandera National stadium, Star Times Stadium Lugogo and St Mary’s stadium in Kitende but they have offered bonus matches in Kakyeka stadium, Green Light stadium,Jinja and in Fort Portal.
How ever, there some unfortunate incidents that happened in the first round which include two teams of Proline fc and Maroons fc losing board room point due to poor communication and uneasily accessible league records respectively.There were some cases of poor officiation in some matches with referees keeping a blind eye on game changing moments a case in point being the KCCA vs Bright Star game where Bright Stars’ goal was cancelled. The most hazardous occurrence was the inadequacy and poor state of stadium which led to reschedule of several matches hence burdening the fans.
As we are in a long break, some meetings including all acting parties in this beautiful game of football that take part in the league affairs are necessary to have a smooth second round of UPL and avoid more mistakes.
UPL board is more touched with the stadium issue and says at least clubs should use this time to re-shape their play grounds.
“I think the period of more than one month is enough for clubs to re organise and put their play grounds in order because we don’t want ground sharing in the second round”, Said Benard Bayinamani the league manager.
The league shall resume in the first week of January and he argues fans to continue supporting their clubs.
1. Vipers Sc 15 36
2. KCCA fc 15 32
3. Bull fc 15 29
4. Sc Villa 15 27
5. Onduparaka 15 23
6. URA fc 15 20
7. Wakiso Giants 15 20
8. Mbarara city fc 15 19
9. Maroons fc 15 19
10. Busoga utd 15 18
11. Express fc 15 18
12. Kyetume fc 15 16
13. Tooroute15 14
14. Police fc 15 12
15. B.Stars 15 10
16. Proline fc 15 9
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