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UPL: Prisons Grounds suspended, Bugembe cleared for league action

The quality of the playing surfaces has been cause of huge debate as they have detoriarated with the continued rainfall | Sanyuka TV image

The biggest challenge facing Ugandan football and in specific the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, is the ever-deteriorating quality of the grounds used to host league games.

The Federation of Uganda football Associations (FUFA) has continuously maintained that the stadia used to host league games should meet a certain criterion for them to either be allowed or to continue be able to host these games.

But the torrential rains that have hit the country have a number of these pitches in unplayable and tired state. The grounds have been affected due to the amount of games they have to host, and consequently lost their license to hold.

The latest to join the list of chopped stadia is the Prisons Grounds in Luzira, home to Maroons Football club.

The ground has recently been used as an emergency ground by SC Villa, as well as hosting FUFA Big League fixtures and was used by the Crested Cranes for training before they switched to Lugogo.

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The FUFA Licensing committee has re-inspected Luzira Prisons Ground and noted that the field of play has deteriorated due to over use and heavy rains.

The grounds will not be able to host league games with immediate effect until the it’s restored to the recommended playable standard. Read a statement from UPL secretariat.

On a different and positive note, the licensing committee has cleared the Bugembe stadium, home to BUL Bidco to host league games.

The stadium initially did not meet the minimum requirements at the start of the season, but after some development work was done, it was cleared upon re-inspection.

“Basing on the last inspection of Bugembe Stadium, Jinja, was confirmed to meet the minimum requirements to host SUPL matches. Accordingly, BUL FC has been cleared to host their home games at Bugembe with immediate effect.” The statement continued.

BUL host Mbarara City next, and the fixture will act as their first game back at the stadium.

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