No Ugandan club beat the October 29 deadline to register for this year’s edition of the Africa Cup of Club Championships.
Uganda Hockey Federation general secretary Phillip Wafula confirmed that the Africa Hockey Federation (AfHF) invited both 2014 national hockey league champions Wanainchi (men) and Weatherhead (ladies) for the November 22-30 tournament set to take place in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
But the latter pulled out citing lack of funds while Wanainchi asked for more time (to source funds) until latest November 15, to make a final decision since clubs are sometimes allowed late registration until a day to the tournament.
After Wanainchi men informed UHA of their intention to take part, UHA also offered Wanainchi ladies’ team an opportunity to take part as the champions had pulled out.
“The issue right now is that there is a fine for clubs that confirm participation and fail to take part in the tournament. So I think UHA fears to commit itself on Wanainchi’s behalf as the debt burden could shift to them,” Wanainchi chairman Joshua Opolot, told Daily Monitor.
However, Wafula said they might consider giving the opportunity to runners up Rockets since Wanainchi haven’t provided any proof that they intend to take part. This proof entails requirements such as booked accommodation and processed travel documents among others. The club also owes UHA Shs1.2m in debts but chairman Opolot argues “AfHF isn’t concerned about our debts, that is internal and can’t be held against us not to participate.”
“We need about Shs20m to go to Zimbabwe inform UHA about arrangements soon,” Opolot added.
Rockets confirmed that they are interested in taking part if the opportunity is extended to them.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor