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Uganda's Simba F.C fails to participate in CAF Confederation Cup, KCC replaces them

[Posted 10 Nov 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Uganda

KCC have confirmed they will deposit the mandatory $10,000 (Shs28m) to participaten in the Caf Confederations cup a day after Simba affirmed to Fufa they will not participate in the tournament due to financial problems.

 Victors, who had also been offered chance to meet Fufaís requirements to join said they will not make sighting the same problem.

To participate in the Caf confederations Cup and Champions League, URA and Simba must pay $300 (Shs770,000) for registration but Fufa want them to deposit on the associationís account an extra $10,000 as security each for damages in case of any fines or bans along the way.

However, there is no Caf rule stipulating that clubs must deposit the $10,000. The money is, however, refunded at the end of the tournament if none of the clubs are slapped with any bans or fines.

Only URA have, meanwhile, paid the said money. Simba as the reigning Uganda Cup winners and URA as league champions are the bonafide representatives in the Caf Confederations Cup and Champions League respectively.

Fufa have until November 30 to confirm the entries. KCC and Victors were invited by virtue of the former being last seasonís league runners-up and the latter as Ugandaís Caf Confederations Cup last representatives.

"We have indicated to Fufa our willingness to participate," team manager Ahmed Kabuye confirmed to us yesterday.

"We have the money, just a few bureaucracies in the way. We have never failed to represent. In a weekís time we shall have paid the money."

But itís the same bureaucracies that stood in Simbaís way. "We had budgeted for four home and away matches and submitted it to our financial controller," Simba secretary Isaac Julugo said yesterday.


"But our sponsors, the defence ministry, have told us that items not captured in this financial year will not be sponsored, and as a club we are surprised because Simba participate in the league and this could have been anticipated."

Victors chairman Lawrence Kato said they would have paid the money and participated but for "poor football management" in the country they will not. "Our game is not managed in a straight forward manner," Kato said,

"several teams have taken our players to Vietnam and we have reported to Fufa but they havenít taken any action. "I can even pay that money tomorrow but Iím not sure if they will not take our registered players again like last season and Fufa will do

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