National Beach Soccer League: competitive play-offs anticipated

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Competitive play-offs are expected as the national beach soccer league enters the closing stages.

According to the Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) secretariat, the complete quarter final line up was confirmed after the regular season league climax.

The top four clubs from the two groups (Hurriken and Moonson) qualified for the quarter finals.

Reigning champions of the national beach soccer league, Nkumba Select will lock horns with Kampala International University (KIU) during one of the line up games for the playoffs.

Former champions, MUBS take on Stormers, YMCA plays Kabalagala Rangers and in the university derby St Lawrence University will play Muteesa 1 Royal University.

UBSA Chairman, Deo Mutabazi believes the play-offs will come along with a lot of competition given the growth of the game.

“More players have understood the game. If the regular season was such competitive and exciting, then the play-offs will be much better” Mutabazi told www.fufa.co.ug on Friday.

The 2016/17 national league has been running since September 2016.

In Uganda, beach soccer was first played in the year 2008. The game has grown through leaps and bounds with the first ever national league on the African continent played in Uganda.

The Uganda Sand Cranes (national beach soccer team) was formulated after a competitive league gave birth to exhilarating talents.

Uganda Cranes has since played in the Africa Cup of nations beach soccer qualifiers once.

The FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo, an ardent supporter of Beach soccer was this week appointed as the head of the CAF Beach soccer and futsal organizing committee, an achievement that UBSA has not taken lightly.

“Eng. Moses Magogo’s appointment is not by accident. He has been at the fore front of promoting beach soccer in Uganda and the CECAFA region. We are so glad of his appointment which we believe will help the country and our region further to new scales and heights” Mutabazi notes.

On top the aforementioned appointment, Eng. Magogo is also a co-opted CAF Executive Committee member and the Vice Chairman on the women football organizing committee.

Successful clubs after the regular season:

Hurriken Group:

  1. YMCA
  2. MUBS
  3. Nkumba Select.(Holders)
  4. Mutesa 1 Royal University.

Monsoon Group:

  1. St. Lawrence University
  2. Kampala International University.
  3. Stormers
  4. Kabalagala Rangers

 

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