By James Bakama
BRIEFCASE clubs will have no place in the Big League whose maiden edition kicks off next month.
FUFAâ€™s organising committee has set stringent standards for the competition that is supposed to boost Ugandaâ€™s soccer standards.
Computer literacy, a sound bank account, stadia that meet FUFA standards, qualified coaches and doctors are some of the requirements clubs have to fulfill. Fixtures will be released on Sunday and kick-off is expected on March 6.
The new competition is aimed at enhancing the quality of super league entrants. It engages super mini-league cream against clubs demoted from the top flight in a promotional race.
The innovation follows a trend where the bulk of the promoted sides donâ€™t measure up to the standards and fall back immediately.
For starters, clubs will be required to pay a sh250,000 fee for registration.
Besides having a valid e-mail address, clubs will also be required to have an office or physical address, a postal address, fax and fixed telephone line.
To ensure high standards, the clubs also have to employ at least one person as a secretary with a minimum O-level qualification.
Discipline will also be enforced through signing of a declaration form for compliance of the federationâ€™s legal requirements.
Clubs shall also regularly be required to submit their bank statements. The competition committee shall analyse the clubâ€™s balance and transactions. Poor performance here will result in termination from the league.