The much anticipated international friendly between Tanzanian side Azam F.C and Uganda’s second tier side Wakiso Giants did not materialize.
FUFA ordered that the match be scrapped because Wakiso Giants have not yet completed registration as a new club – previously Kamuli Park.
Despite both teams reporting at the playing venue, there were no referees and a reasonable of fans who had braved the scorching hot temperatures at the Lugogo Stadium were left in total disappointment and confusion.
Sula Kamoga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wakiso Giants F.C explained the mess;
We were informed by FUFA that we could not play this match despite us and Azam having earlier written to them (FUFA). We had also paid the referees’ money (Shs. 750,000). It is very unfortunate. The reason forwarded concerns our incomplete registration details as a club which we shall complete because we are engaging the federation already.
FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu explained the reasons why the game was not honored;
For any international friendly game, there are do’s and don’ts that need to followed to the dot to avoid any faults. First, Wakiso Giants has not fully registered as a club under FUFA. We still have Kamuli Park F.C before they changed the name officially. Secondly, this game involved a cross-boarder club and we needed to respect the norms of an international friendly game.
Airtel Football has also learnt that FUFA refunded the Shs. 750,000 that Wakiso Giants had paid to FUFA to meet the cost of the referees who were to handle this game.
Meanwhile, Azam’s international build up with KCCA FC on Friday remains as planned and will go on.