Crisis-hit Nyamityobora suspends five players


Nyamityobora FC’s start to life in the Uganda Premier League has been nothing short of calamitous.

Ben Misagga

Three months into the new season, cracks are beginning to appear with the club oscillating from one episode of simmering crisis to the next almost as frequently as the sun rises.

As the Abanyakale are reeling from the acrimonious departure of top-tier promotion coach James Odoch, the team management has indefinitely suspended five players over reported indiscipline.

The culprits are Goal Keeper Hilary Jomi, forwards Patrick Gonahasa, Wesley Kisakye, midfielder Ivan Mbowa and floppy dread-locked midiflder Ibrahim Massa.

Marvick club president Ben Immanuel Misagga confirmed the suspension of the players.

“The suspension of these players is because of indiscipline and inciting others with bad influence. Their primary duty is to play football,” the former SC Villa boss revealed.

The above suspended players join the trio of Goalie Franco Oringa, Henry Wamala and Bruhan Matovu who were also suspended last month on match-fixing allegations.

Gonahasa, Mbowa and Massa are accused of inciting a sit-down strike amongst the players with salary arrears being the point of contention.

The club reportedly owes the players salary arrears for months of September, October and November which the former categorically refutes.

“We made all payments for outstanding balances in allowances and salaries. The only month yet to be paid is December 2018,” Misagga remarked.

The brewing crisis only aggravates the clubs’woes with results on the field of play appareling.

Nyamityobora, who replaced James Odoch with Asaph Mwebaze last week, are second bottom with just five points from nine games played thus far.


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