KAMPALA- Six-time league champions Express are set to represent the country in next season’s 2018 Caf Confederation Cup.
This is after Big League side Paidha Black Angels (PBA) failed to meet the high demands set by domestic football governing body Fufa.
The Zombo-based club had been offered the opportunity to represent the country after last season’s fairytale run yielded a Uganda Cup finals appearance against KCCA.
But with double-winners KCCA set to return to the more lucrative 2018 Caf Champions League, Fufa awarded the slot to the Uganda Cup losers Paidha.
After months deliberations, the club failed to meet requirements that include a security fee” of $10,000 set by the federation.
“To be honest they gave us a deadline of October 15 but our resource mobilization was too slow. And I requested for more time,” PBA chairman Robert Jakony told the Daily Monitor on Sunday.
Despite losing a number of key players, PBA have made a bright start to the season collecting 10 points from five games, two behind leaders Kyetume before yesterday’s game against Bukedea.
“Personally I would rather concentrate on qualifying the team for the Azam Uganda Premier League because of the unavailability resources,” admitted Jakony.
The slot was consequently awarded to Express, Uganda Cup semifinalists last season alongside the now relegated Sadolin(Plascon).
According to a communication this paper has seen, Fufa wrote to Express last Thursday with the club responding and making partial payment a day later.
Express have made a slow start to the season and are currently third from bottom with eight points from as many games after suffering four defeats.
They last featured on the continent in 2008 losing 4-2 on penalties to Congo’s AS Vita in the Round of 32 after two goalless draws. They however turned down another opportunity in 2013 after winning the domestic league the previous season.
To register for continental competitions, clubs are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $500 while the $10,000 is expected to be paid no later than November 10.
“Why would Fufa demand for all that money,” wondered Jakony.
Villa pulled out of the 2010 Caf Confederations Cup citing financial constraints, Bunnamwaya did not register for the 2011while Simba also failed to raise the security fee in 2012.
In 1993 Villa were fined $90,000 for failing to honour a trip to play Ivory Coast side Aec Mimosas while Military Police were fined $1500 for similar transgressions against Zambia’s Nkana.
Nonrefundable fee $500
Refundable fee $10,000