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Football fans seek sh15m compensation for missing Comoros match

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Lucky fans who attended the match celebrate Uganda’s win. Three who missed have taken FUFA to court.

Three football fans have dragged football governing body FUFA to High Court seeking compensation of sh15 million for denying them access to watch the Uganda Cranes versus Comoros match live on September 4, 2016.

The fans led by Geofrey Turyamusiima claim that in August 2016, they bought tickets worth  sh6,6000 to watch the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match but two hours before kick-off, they  were denied entry into Mandela National Stadium at Namboole on grounds that it was filled to capacity.

The fans contend that it was a deliberate move by Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) to defraud them of their money by printing and selling excess tickets – more than the 40,200 tickets, which is the holding  capacity of Mandela National stadium, Namboole stadium.

They now want court to order FUFA to refund their money for tickets  since their efforts to be refunded have proved futile.

Through their lawyers Anthony Wameli and company advocates, the fans are also claiming sh15 million shillings as damages for mental stress, anguish and embarrassment they suffered since they returned  home without watching the match.

The Kampala court’s registrar Alex Ajiji has now issued summons ordering FUFA to file it’s defence within 15 days before Justice Lydia Mugambe to whom the case has been allocated.

In the said match, Uganda cranes beat Comoros 1-0 to qualify for the AFCON in Gabon for the first time since 1978.

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