Organisers have put in place tough measures to ensure that the Nile Special University Football quarter final matches progress smoothly without hooliganism, a vice that has reared its ugly head in the competition one time too many.
Speaking at the announcement of the fixtures yesterday at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, the league Secretary, Samuel Akwech, stressed that any university that fails to follow the rules provided would be punished severely.
“We urge universities to abide by league rules and ensure there is adequate security at all games. We shall also be engaging student leaders to ensure that fans show their support responsibly and in a manner that promotes the game.”
“And any failure to abide by the rules will result in sanctions to the offending universities,” added Akwech.
Sports tutors present at the launch pledged to ensure the knockout stages precede smoothly and without ugly incidents.
“The University Football League is our thing and we need to protect it. As sports tutors we have resolved to win or lose our games honorably so that we are able to attract more sponsorship to the game and grow the competition,” noted Hilary Kimbugwe, the Makerere University Business School (Mubs) sports tutor.
The eight teams that qualified for the quarters are Ndejje University, Kampala University (KU), Kampala International University (KIU), Kyambogo University, Makerere University (MUK), Mubs, Nkumba and Uganda Christian University (UCU).
The finals will be played on November 7 at Namboole.
It was also announced that the best four teams in this year’s League will represent Uganda in next year’s inaugural Africa University Football League competition.
University Football League
Quarter final matches
KIU vs MUK
Ndejje vs Nkumba
Kyambogo vs Mubs
UMU vs UCU