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04 February 2019 | in NUSF News

Uganda universities kick off 2019 league season

The 2019 Uganda University Football League kicked off this past weekend with preliminary round of matches.

 

In its eighth edition, this year the traditional 16 team league has seen an increase to 19 participating schools . With the additional teams there will now be playoff matches to determine the teams that will make it to the group stages for the tournament. The newly admitted teams include Arua-based Muni University, Kabale University, and International University of East Africa.

 

The fixtures draw was held in Kampala by the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) president Peninnah Kabenga, general secretary Patrick Ssbuliba and UFL chairman Vincent Kisenyi. At the draws, International University of East Africa drew a bye and therefore gained automatic entrance to the main event while perennial title challengers Makerere University are mandated to play in the playoffs as they return to the competition after serving a one-year ban for crowd disturbance.

 

The preliminary rounds will see newly admitted teams square off against Gulu University, Nkumba University and Kampala international University, as these teams finished bottom of the 2018 season.

 

  • Makerere University vs Kampala International University
  • Gulu University vs Muni University
  • Kabela University vs Nkumba University

 

Winners of the playoff games will get the opportunity to be drawn in any of the four groups in the regular season.

 

UFL chairman Vincent Kisenyi said; “We have 26 members in the AUUS all of whom have students with great football talents, but this season we can only accommodate 19 teams and we can only keep improving from here.”

 

The draws for the groups stages for the UFL proper will be done on the 10th of February after the playoff second leg fixtures.

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