Cranes International and former Simba SC, defender Murushid Juuko is set to join a new club after parting ways with Moroccon giants Wydad Casablanca earlier this year.
Juuko joined Wydad Casablanca from Tanzanian club Simba SC on a 2-year contract but did not live to reach the agreeable terms with the 2-time CAF Champions League winners.
Since leaving Morocco, Juuko has been under the radar of top-notch African clubs which are keen on securing his services during this transfer window.
He is eager to return to competitive football. But where will he land next season?
The touchline Sports’s Ronald Yiga weighs up the possibility of Juuko ending up at any of the clubs he is linked to.
KCCA FC, Uganda
Our sources reveal that the Cranes center-back is highly linked with a move to the 13-time Uganda Premier League Champions.
As KCCA FC boss Mike Mutebi prepares for the 2020/21 season and CAF Confederations Cup, he is desperately looking for a man who can lead the team especially from the back.
John Revita is recovering from a knee injury after undergoing a successful operation, and expected to be out until next year. With Samuel Kato lacking experience, Juuko’s services would be the best fit for Kasasiro boys.
However, the club has been struggling financially of late an it is most likely they will look for options they can manage. Juuko’s wage demands might be above what the club can manage.
The Club has been linked with Vipers’ defender Geoffrey Wasswa and should he be available at any moment, KCCA FC will not need the services for Juuko.
St. George FC, Ethiopia
Saint George has heavily relied on towering Ethiopian National team captain Aschalew Tamene and 22-year Desta Demu who joined the Giogis last year in September from Welwalo FC.
Their Serbian tactician Srđan Živojhov had plans to bring in 3 foreign players to beef up his squad with the hope of playing continental football next season.
However, the Ethiopian Premier League was canceled earlier in May with 17 games played due to the coronavirus crisis in the country and no club was selected to participate in the continental football.
Can Juuko join a club that won’t be playing on the continent?
We have seen several Ugandan players making sensational moves to the Premier Soccer League in and it is believed that the allure of playing in the South African League might. Well, this could be too difficult for Juuko to resist if Bloemfontein launches an offer anytime soon as reported in the various sources.
However, the club is experiencing a financial crisis with the owner Max Tshabalala busy looking for the way forward to restore stability to the Free State-based club.
Close reports indicate that the club is close to securing an R40-million sponsorship deal from businessman Lebo Mokoena.
The club has already identified potential signings despite the uncertainty surrounding its future. Free-agent Enocent Mkhabela from Highlands Park is the Club’s latest transfer target, therefore, Juuko’s chances of joining the South African Club are almost nonexistent.
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions have the cash to sign Cranes’ international defender and have previously shown huge interest in securing his services.
However, Vipers already have a top-class defender in Halid Lwaliwa and if they can renew the contract of their Assistant Captain Geoffrey Wasswa who has displayed incredible form this season, then Juuko will only be needed for his experience.
As the club prepares to sail newer fathoms in the CAF Champions League next season, Fred Kajoba should be thinking about what the Venoms need for the next season and Juuko, despite working together with the Cranes goalkeeping coach, may not make part of his plans.