Three Weeks Ban For Lukooya, Rica Byaruhanga And Jinja Lions Chairman

St. Lawrence University’s Baker Lukooya and compatriot Rica Byaruhanga have been suspended from the game of beach soccer for three solid weeks because of misconduct.

They were found in breach of Article 31(2) of the FUFA competitions rules and regulations together with Andrew Talenga, the chairman of Jinja Lions BSC, who has also been suspended from participating in all beach soccer activities for a period equal to that of the players.

Baker Lukooya

The two players will not return to action until May 6th, 2023, whilst Talenga will also be allowed to serve the game again only after the collapse of the said period of his punishment.

Disciplinary proceedings were opened against the trio pursuant to reports and video recordings from the FUFA beach soccer league match between St. Lawrence and Jinja Lions that was played on April 2, 2023 at FUFA technical centre in Njeru. The game ended with both sides locked at 8-8.

Rica Byaruhanga

The competitions disciplinary panel (CDP) to its satisfaction found out that Lukooya and Byaruhanga conducted themselves in a violent manner before Talenga engaged in a fight with the duo which brought the match to a stand still for a few minutes contrary to the rules and regulations of the competition put in place by FUFA.

Article 31(2) states that;

“A participant shall at all times act in the best interest of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behavior. Any participant in breach of this section, shall be charged and if found in breach shall be liable for disciplinary actions of a suspension or a ban not exceeding fifteen competition matches or specified period with or without a fine depending on the discretion of the CDP, TOC or appropriate judicial body.”

Andrew Talenga (right) sharing a moment with UBSA events Manager Tony Ssebagala

The sanctions effectively began on April 16, and all the parties involved have been told to serve the punishment as directed or else the CDP shall be constrained to take stronger disciplinary measures against them.

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