Busoga United Football Club has confirmed that they owe players salary arrears and that the club’s ‘management is ‘fighting tooth and nail to raise funds needed to settle the outstanding dues’.
On Thursday 30th July 2020, some senior players at Busoga United as reported by the Sports Nation raised concerns that they had gone almost 6 months without pay and they were unhappy with the club management and this.
“We have spent around six months without pay, the landlords are on our backs and are going to throw us out,” one of the players told Sports Nation.
The club has confirmed this development via a press release circulated by the CEO Andrew Nyabahika.
In the release, the club recognizes and agrees that indeed the players have not been paid as stated but point out the COVID-19 crisis as the reason they are yet to settle the ‘unpaid dues’.
“We indeed owe players unpaid dues and share their frustration over the delay,” part of the press release read.
“It’s a scary time. Just like other clubs or businesses, COVID-19 has hit us hard but we are establishing new avenues for raising finances.”
The club goes on to confirm that they are committed to paying all players arrears at the earliest time possible.
“We are committed to ensuring players’ arrears are cleared and confident that this will be handled in the best way possible.”
“Players’ arrears are currently the club’s first priority obligation and management is fighting tooth and nail to raised funds needed to settle the outstanding dues. However, details of our contractual obligations to the players remain confidential.”
On the planned players revolt, the club says they have kept close contact with their players ‘who are professional enough’.
“We have kept close contact with our players more than ever before and confident that they trust our efforts.”
“Our players are professional enough and aware of the proper channels to voice their concerns.”
“We wish to protect our players from all allegations and false prophecies.”
Last season, Busoga United finished fourth with 42 points in 25 games at the time when the league was halted due to the coronavirus crisis.