As the StarTimes Uganda Premier League enters matchday 23, SC Villa will host Kirinya Jinja SSS FC at Mandela National Stadium Namboole on Wednesday under floodlights.
This is the first league game in seven years that will be played at night, that last involved BUL and Proline at Namboole in the 2011/2012 season, then a handful of games were played under floodlights.
“It is normal for a game to be played at night, this is the trend we want to take in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League,” CEO Bernard Bainamani told www.football256.com before adding.
“We want at one point to have all games scheduled in working days, to be played at night when people are done with their work, only weekend games will be played during day,” he added.
Bainamani also claimed that they want this to prepare players for professional football as most of the professional leagues use floodlights on pitches.
“This will also help prepare our players for professional football, we don’t want them to see it as something new when they reach there, as we sorted out the artificial turf issue, we also want to sort out this.”
“Next season, many games will be played at night on floodlights especially those that will be played during working days.”
“We want KCCA FC and Vipers SC to install floodlights at their stadiums by next season because we believe they have that capacity.”
But will the Tuesday game be the only one to be played under floodlights this season?
“This season we shall have one more game played under floodlights and that will be URA game at Namboole,” Bainamani added.
Although it’s not yet clear whether all necessary logistics especially security have been worked on since Namboole tends to be very insecure at at night.
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