The struggles for Tooro United FC are far from getting a satisfying solution as the club continues to be engulfed in challenge after challenge.
Barely a day after head coach Eric Ndifuna opted to throw in the towel, the club has been docked points.
This is after the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Disciplinary panel awarded three points and goals to Onduparaka Football Club following the failure for the kick-off of the Tooro United – Onduparaka game at St Paul’s Seminary playground on Tuesday, 7th January 2020.
Additionally, the Fort Portal based side has been docked more three goals and points because of failure to honor their home match because they could not raise the mandatory minimum number of licensed players (7) for the match to kick off.
Below is the full statement on the punishment
ARTICLE 26 OF THE FUFA COMPETITIONS RULES ESTABLISHES THAT; THERE SHALL ALWAYS BE AN INSPECTION OF LICENSES (DULY VALIDATED BY FUFA) BY THE CAPTAINS OF EACH CLUB SUPERVISED BY THE REFEREE AND MATCH COMMISSIONER OR ASSESSOR IF APPOINTED BY THE REFEREE BEFORE KICK OFF OF THE MATCHES. ALL PLAYERS’ LICENCES MUST BE PRESENTED BY THE CLUB OFFICIALS. TOORO UNITED DID NOT PRESENT PLAYER LICENCES FOR INSPECTION AHEAD OF THE MATCH AGAINST ONDUPARAKA AND AS SUCH ALL THE TOORO UNITED FC PLAYERS WERE INELIGIBLE TO PLAY THE SAID MATCH IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 26 (3) OF THE FUFA COMPETITION RULES AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION, SHALL BE INELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE RESPECTIVE FUFA COMPETITION MATCH. ACCORDINGLY, TOORO UNITED FC LOSES THE MATCH AGAINST ONDUPARAKA BY FORFEITURE.
More than 10 senior players of Tooro United deliberately refused to travel with the team bus to Fort Portal for the game against Onduparaka FC allegedly demanding for their unpaid salaries for more than three months.
Therefore, the team could only raise four licensed players in their match against Onduparaka.
Whereas Onduparaka also had less than 11 players (7) ready to play the game, this contest could not kick off because the number of players required to start a football game is 7.