Gulu United football club have qualified to re join the Super League after eleven years of fruitless attempts.
The Gulu based side returned to the top-flight football after emerging top of the table for the Elgon group in the Big league, with five points clear of closest challenger, UTODA FC that collected 23 points from 14 matches.
In the Rwenzori group, Luzira based Maroons FC also qualified to join the super league after it attained 11 points more than second placed Misindye FC, which collected 24 points. Both groups had eight teams each.
Moses Magogo, the FUFA competitions secretary, says that Fort Hills and Lira based Devine Waters FC have been relegated to the regional competitions after coming last in their respective groups.
Leo Adra, the coach of Gulu United said his team was excited to return to the top league football since 1999 when it was relegated. He said the team struggled amidst hardship and financial constraints to emerge victorious.
Adra said the players had to endure months without salaries and the rigors of intensive trainings to achieve the victory. He added that the win would provide the region with hope after they suffering they underwent during the war.
Adra, formerly a national coach of both the Under 23 and the Cranes, said he would bank on his experience to guide the team to more victories in the league.
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The achievement by the team, which climaxed yesterday with the 4 to 1 goals defeat of visiting Mbale Heroes FC at Pece stadium, has left many football fans in Gulu thrilled and in celebration mood.
Peter Ojara, one of the fans said he is happy that Gulu finally has a team in the league, a fact, which he says would guarantee the fans more competitive games when others teams visit to play in Gulu.