The National Council of Sports (NCS) and its 51 member associations, including Fufa, will virtually meet this Friday to find a way forward after sports resumption was okayed.
President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday addressed the nation on the status of Covid-19 and among the containment restrictions lifted, was the suspension on sporting activities.
Football, netball, basketball among other activities categorized under mass gatherings, have been on a lockdown since March 18th.
“Open air activities of sports will re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before,” said the President.
“This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the sportsmen (and women) will have to repeat the test. With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole (duration) season of the competition,” added Museveni.
Meanwhile, testing at a government facility goes for Shs 240,000 per person, while it is Shs 350,000 and above privately.
According to NCS general secretary, Patrick Ogwel, the above and several other concerning issues including financial implications that come with cost of tests will be discussed at the meeting with federations on Friday.
Fufa have committed to taking care of teams in the different league playoffs.
“We have the Big League playoffs, Regional playoffs and the Women Elite League playoffs first,” Ahmed Hussein, the Fufa head of communications is quoted by the UPL website.
“We shall take care of all the teams accommodation, Covid tests and all involved.”
However, Hussein also admitted that clubs taking on costs for Covid tests will be a huge burden for them.
“Of course as Fufa, we can’t just look on but like I said, we shall need concerted effort from the clubs, us as Fufa and government to help. These will be addressed when we meet with NCS,” he said.