Fufa Declare Muhammad Shaban Onduparaka Player, Vipers Lose

Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has ruled against Vipers SC protest that claimed Onduparaka captain Muhammad Shaban was their player.

According to the protest application files by Vipers CEO Mr. Peter Lwanga, thumb the Kitende side had signed the teenager for five years and was part of their academy and junior team.

However in their ruling, and the federation nullified the contract with accordance to the provided laws governing a minor (below 18 years) and is eligible to play for Onduparaka in the Uganda cup finals on Saturday.

FUFA’s Full Statement.

FUFA has received the Vipers’ protest over Muhammad Shaban and wish in accordance with FUFA Regulations on status and transfer of players, clarify as follows;

The “employment contract” as signed on 11th June 2015 and submitted for the first time to FUFA along with your protest contravenes the above regulations as highlighted below

1. Bearing the player’s birth date and the date of signing of the said “employment contract” 11th June 2015, the player was a minor as defined by the above regulations Article 2(21) Minor: A player who has not yet reached the age of 18. This renders the said “employment contract” null and void.

2. Article 10 of the same regulations stipulates that application for a professional player must be submitted together with a copy of a contract. FUFA did not receive any contract for the above player (either a youth agreement for minors) at the time of registration of the same player in your (U-17) side.

The FUFA Secretariat records show that Muhammad Shaban was registered with Onduparaka FC in Fourth division league of Arua District Football Association in 2013/14 season at age of 15 then. When the club was promoted, the same player featured in the 2014/15 West Nile Regional League and 2015/16 2nd division/FUFA Big League in which Onduparaka FC competed and consequently moved up the ranks to the 1st division/Uganda Premier League.

The status and eligibility of the player can therefore be confirmed under Onduparaka FC and it is at their discretion to use the player in any FUFA organized competition including the 2015/16 Uganda Cup final on 18th June 2016.

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