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Uganda Cup back after year of silence

The winner of the competition will pocket over sh50 million.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The 2021 Uganda Cup competition is set to kick off on April 4 with a new format, after a year of inactivity.

The competition played annually by all member clubs of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), is traditionally open for all non-league clubs, clubs in the two top leagues and registered clubs playing in all the five football divisions registered by FUFA.

However, its last edition was halted midway and later declared null and void as a result of a lockdown that came with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which paralysed sporting activities across the world, as people were not allowed to come into contact with each other.

FUFA Competitions Director Hajjat Aisha Nalule says that they have agreed on a new format that will be followed to end the delay in the return of the competition. This includes a reduction in the number of teams.

“The competition will involve only the Premier League and Big League teams but all matches will be played home and away, except for the Final,” Nalule said.

FUFA Vice President Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi also announced an increase in the prize money from sh132  to sh166 million, thanks to a new sponsorship from Kansai Plascon that boosted the cup with a contribution of sh132 million for the next two years. The winner of the competition will pocket over sh50 million.

Proline, therefore, remains the defending champions after winning the 2018/19 championship when they beat Bright Stars FC. Express FC and KCCA FC are the record winners of the competition with 10 titles each followed by SC Villa which has nine trophies.

Stanbic Bank took over Uganda cup naming rights in 2018 after boosting the tournament with a sponsorship package of 300 million Shillings.

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