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Gulu Football Clubs Shun 5th Division League Registration :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gulu Football Clubs Shun 5th Division League Registration

Isaac Okwir Odiya, the GDFA Chairperson, says only four clubs namely St. Joseph’s College Layibi FC, Lyec FC, Pece United and Lacor Black Angels have so far registered for the league.

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Several clubs under Gulu District Football Association-GDFA have shunned registration for the forthcoming 5th Division championship citing exorbitant charges.  

Isaac Okwir Odiya, the GDFA Chairperson, says only four clubs namely St. Joseph’s College Layibi FC, Lyec FC, Pece United and Lacor Black Angels have so far registered for the league.     

Okwri attributes the low turn up of clubs to the Shillings 180,000 registration fees, which some clubs can’t afford. The fee is meant for the preparation and maintenance of pitches and paying match officials.     

The clubs were initially paying Shillings 80,000 to participate in the league that would lead to the promotion of three clubs to the Fourth Division League.  

Braxton Ojara, the Gulu District Sport Officer, says because of the low turn up they were left without any other option, but to extend the registration period or lower the registration fee to attract more clubs before the league commences.   

Geoffrey Akena, the Coach Gulu United FC notes that clubs are struggling to raise money to meet their operational costs such as transport, feeding and treatment of players among others.   

According to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA competition rules and regulations, at least five clubs should be registered to participate in the league. 

The best 3 sides will make it to the Mid North region play-offs for the regional qualification while the bottom three teams shall be relegated to the Second Division league.  

The best performers at the end of the league will be engaged in the Gulu Zonal Mini league to determine the teams that qualify for the regional league that feeds the FUFA Big League, which is subordinate to Uganda’s Premier League (UPL).