Uganda will soon be able to resume football activities following an announcement from President Yoweri Museveni.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen football suspended in the East African country for the past six months, with the 2019-20 Ugandan Premier League (UPL) ended prematurely when the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) moved to award the league title to Vipers SC, who were sitting top at the time the league was suspended.
The sport will be allowed to return, though only under strict protocols which require regular testing, quarantine and the absence of spectators from the stadiums.
“Open-air activities of sports will be open, provided there are no spectators,” said Museveni from State House Entebbe, as quoted by Goal.
“We must learn to have games without spectators and players should be tested 72 hours before the games.”
Museveni added: “Players should learn to remain quarantined for the period of the games.”
UPL clubs took to social media to rejoice at the imminent return of football, with the likes of SC Villa, Wakiso Giants and Vipers SC posting celebratory photos and memes on Twitter.