Financial crisis at Abdallah Kitatta’s funded football club

Abdallah Kitatta
Abdallah Kitatta

Kampala regional club Lamansia is feeling the knock on effect for the incarceration of Abdallah Kitatta, patron for the infamous Boda Boda 2010 outfit, who was the side’s chief funder.

Abdallah Kitatta and his co-accused face five charges in a court martial, including charges of “failure to protect war material”, which carries the death penalty.

He was arrested on January 20, a day after military intelligence apprehended his brother Huzairu Kiwalabye for the kidnapping and killing of a hospital accountant.

Since Kitatta’s arrest, financial constraints have been engulfing and the third division side is starring at extinction, according to Coach Muhammad Ssebugwawo who resigned from his duties as head coach on Wednesday.

“We have been facing a lot of challenges ever since Kitata (Abdallah) was arrested” Ssebugwawo told local website PML Daily.

After Kitaata’s arrest, the club voted an interim committee led by Jimmy Mugerwa and CEO Richard Kibigwam to take care of the club but the dire situation is worsening each passing day.

“Some had proposed at the start of the season that the team should be sold off but as a coach, i was strongly against the idea, thinking that things would get better.

“At the moment, it the situation is only worsening as we cannot execute anything properly say transportation to and from matches, paying rent for our training ground and myself, i am not in the best of financial situation. I think the club may fall apart”.

“After proper assessment of the situation, i have decided to resign. But despite all that, i would like to thank everyone at Lamansia for the support they have given me and pray the situation changes in the near future.”

The former Joogo Young and Baza Holdings coach has managed five games in the second round- losing three and drawing two with the side currently 9th in Kampala FUFA Regional league.

Ssebugwawo is reportedly close to joining an Airtel Masaza County team.

It is reported that the club was surviving on the proceeds garnered from the high profile sale of forward Brian Kayanja to topflight side Bright Stars FC.

Lamansia finished second in the Regional League last season as they were denied a playoff spot by Allan Ssewanyana’s Katwe United who finished only a point above them in the standings.

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