Uganda Premier League side, The Saints Football have been permitted to change name ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) granted the team the permission to change the current name to Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Football Club that they submitted.
Fufa through their CEO in a letter addressed to the Bombo based club indicated they have been convinced by the club’s reasons and thus allowed them to change the name.
“Following your club’s official request and related letters on the matter submitted seeking to change the current club name “The Saints FC” to UPDF FC,the 14 FUFA Executive Committee meeting after verification of grounds for the request and related regulations, has granted your club permission to change the name to “UPDF FC” reads part of the statement.
“You are therefore requested to link up with the FUFA Secretariat to submit documents that will enable your club to register for Competitions and update it’s FUFA Membership under the new name,” the letter further reads.
After suffering relegation at the end of the 2015/17 season, the Army management decided to buy off the Saints FC to continue playing in the top tier league.
Simba FC which initially was the army side was sold off and played last season in the Fufa Big League.
The management has not decided to change name to suit the institution policies.