The president of the world football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, in his video message to all 211 member associations, made firm statements regarding sports activities and how every league should be treated as a priority.
According to Gianni, “we must consider all football activities such as national teams, lower-tier domestic leagues and women’s football a priority not just top club football”.
“Football is already under or about to start in several countries. This brings us, and all the football fans across the globe, some hope for the future”.
Back here in Uganda, Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) ended the domestic league prematurely on the 20 May declaring Vipers SC as the champions for 2019/2020 season, and also cancelled the FUFA big league, women’s league and other lower-tier competitions.
With the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health easing on the lockdown restrictions, FUFA could be using this opportunity to monitor the public health situation and see how to complete the Stanbic Uganda Cup which is the only domestic competition to be cancelled.
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Hinting on the international tournaments/calendar, Infantino revealed that “I am happy to report that we also made some good progress. In consultation with different stakeholders, we are closer to present a balanced solution that takes into account everyone’s needs”.
He, however, noted all that can be implemented and achieved in a better way that follows instructions and guidelines from all governments and health authorities.
Infantino also recently talked about salary caps for players as it may be necessary to restructure football’s finances in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected many clubs financially as no games have been played for a while now.
Most of the sports activities around the world have been on hold for a while now with a few resuming after governments began easing on the lockdown restrictions brought about the by ongoing pandemic.
Author: Hope Mugisha
Hope Mugisha is a determined sports analyst with the love for adventure, writing and travel. She is also a leading talk show sports analyst for Urban TV and Sanyu FM respectively.