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UPL: Express Coach George Ssimwogerere fined for time wasting

Express FC head coach George Ssimwogerere gives instructions during a league game | Express FC photo

Express Football Club head coach George Ssimwogerere has been slapped with a UGX 500,000 fine, for time wasting during their game against Police at the Betway Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku, on October 4th, 2019.

Express eventually won the game 5-3, after an eventful 90 minutes that left Police FC coach Abdallah Mubiru livid especially with the time-wasting tactics displayed by their hosts on the day especially in the second half.

The soft-spoken tactician called on the UPL secretariat and FUFA to act against such tactics that are often deployed by clubs especially when they are in the lead. Something that kills the flow of the game, and goes against the values of the game.

According to a statement addressed to the club, it was reported in the referee’s match report that during the game at Wankulukuku, the head coach Ssimwogerere George ordered the ball boys to hide the match balls in the 58th minute which led to delayed restarts to the game.

Something which goes against the UPL regulations, which state that match day referees must ensure physical presence of at least eight official match balls before kickoff, and that these balls must at all times be available for use under normal circumstances.

The CDP therefore directed as follows;

Mr. Ssimwogerere George is WARNED against repeating the same actions and fined UGX 500,000 (Five hundred thousand shillings only) to be paid by 23rd October 2019. Failure to pay the said fine shall lead to suspension from the technical bench.

While the Club, Express FC are ordered to prevail over its club officials.

This is the second time Express FC is involved in a similar situation in a space of just seven months. They were found guilty of hiding match balls during their win over Mbarara City on April 11th this year. The club were fined UGX 1,000,000 shillings,

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