The post-primary football tournament in Lira will resume without fans following
clashes between the two schools.
On March 20, there were clashes between students of Lira Town college and Lango
College secondary school just hours after the official launch and first game of
the tournament. The attack left three students nursing serious injuries and 58
The tournament was suspended to avert further clashes. On Monday, the Lira
City security issued stringent measures ahead of the resumption of the tournament.
According to the measures, all games must end before 6 pm on weekdays, each
participating school should have a delegation of not more than 30 people
including players and school officials.
The other measures are that no school will be allowed to engage
in a procession to the playground and failure. The security team also directed that
the games should be played only at Akii-Bua playground and that the fixtures
and time for the games will only be communicated to the teams a few hours
before the game starts.
Lawrence Emmy Egole, the Resident City Commission says the
measures are meant to deter students from misbehaving.
“The hooliganism which happened should not be repeated and
schools are therefore required to restrict themselves to the above conditions
in order to maintain sanity during the tournament.”
Bob Innocent Odil, the game teacher at Lango College believes
that the new measures will most likely affect their management of the games
despite their high level of preparedness.
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Eric Ogwal, the games teacher at Lira Town College is optimistic that the new
conditions will not affect them in any way because his players are used to
playing without fans.
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The organizers are expected to meet the City Internal
Security Officers and District Police Commanders from both City East and City
West divisions before the commencement of the tournament and agree on the new measures.