KAMPALA- Wanainchi Hockey Club interim chairman Joshua Opolot has hit back at Uganda Hockey Association after the association cancelled the club’s encounter with Weatherhead A on Sunday over league fees.
By 3pm on Sunday, the crowds had gathered at Lugogo Hockey Stadium to witness history. Wanainchi, a ladies club formed about six months ago needed a win against the defending champions Weatherhead A to clinch the league title but UHA treasurer Fatumah Namubiru called the game off.
Weatherhead A were awarded three goals and three points. Wanainchi had nine points from three games while Weatherhead A had four with just three games left to end the season.
“Other clubs have paid all fees (Shs600,000) but Wanainchi has only paid Shs100,000 for their two teams so we called off the game,” UHA’s competitions secretary Saddam Hussein told Daily Monitor.
According to Opolot, however, the club asked UHA to allow them three more weeks to re-establish club structures but UHA turned a deaf ear. The club’s interim committee is overseeing the restructuring process and is not allowed to collect money so they are incapacitated to settle club arrears with UHA among others.
“It doesn’t make sense cancelling a league game over fees because without league games there is no hockey and consequently there is no UHA. The habits of hitting back at clubs through games shows you the kind of disorganisation in UHA as they have no disciplinary standards to hit clubs with other than cancelling games.”
Opolot believes they will have set up a club executive that will in turn be responsible for clearing arrears by the time Wanainchi play their next game on July 13.
All hockey clubs in Uganda struggle to support themselves financially and mostly depend on contributions from their members especially the players.