A few hours after Ali Ssekatawa announced his resignation, a member of the Nyamityobora Football Club ( who preferred anonymity) has fired back at their former club patron’s claims of match-fixing.
Ssekatawa who has been at the club since he left URA in 2017 on Wednesday afternoon announced he was stepping aside from the club citing match-fixing and sports betting activities in the FUFA Big league that owed to his side’s woeful results.
However, just hours after that, one member who has continued serving at the club has responded to the renowned top lawyer’s claims stating that Ssekatawa blindfolded them by assembling a good preseason team and left them with less than a day to their first match.
“You assembled a good preseason team, blindfolded us and left us with less than a day to play our first game after the window closing”
“The club never made any single signing but instead players left”
The anonymous member continues to state that Ssekatawa ‘sent us a coach and we are seeing what he is delivering’, and as such, ‘there’s no need of blaming a team that never received any boost compared to competitors’.
He further claims that the departed chairman never financially supported the club
“Other teams players are on salaries and you ask yourself ( Ssekatwa) who fulfils for Nyamityobora players”
Nyamityobora is currently the second bottom in the FUFA Big League this season with just seven points in 9 games.
They earned a promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League in the 2018/19 season but were relegated back to the FUFA Big League that same season.
Since then, the club has played in Uganda’s second-tier league and came close to gaining promotion last season but lost in the playoff semi-final to Gaddafi FC.
The leadership and management of the club, however, has been quaking like a Tsunami.
Former SC Villa president Eng. Ben Emmanuel Misagga who was bought in to preside over the administration of the club was the first to leave for his beloved SC Villa ( where he sits on the board now) and was replaced with Player Agent Ronnie Santos Mwine.
Ronnie Mwine Santos’ history could prove Ssekatawa’s (match-fixing) word right with the latter having served time in prison in Kenya after being involved in the vice before the Kenyan Premier league game between Western Stima and KBC early this year.
Could the Ssekatawa’s claims be true? Where does the club go now?
This season, they have had to play all their nine games without any coach on the bench, with only Anitah Nayebare as the Team doctor.