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The club has failed us: Ndifuna calls time on Tooro United FC

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Tooro United woes continue to worsen with each day that goes by and the latest developments indicate the club’s head coach, Eric Ndifuna has called time on his role at the club.

This follows a series of administrative troubles at the club that have gone as far as putting its ownership into a dispute as players demanded to know who their direct bosses are.

Ndifuna claims the Club’s administration has let the team down, citing non-payment and unfulfilled promises as reasons to his resignation.

I have left the job because I feel like there is a lot the club has not done which has put my role as coach of the Club in jeopardy.

Ndifuna Said

We recently lost 6-points to Onduparaka. The traveling team managed to raise 7 players for the game while we could not. Our players were issued with provisional licenses for the first round but the administration still failed to support the process of finalising all the team’s players.

A disgruntled Ndifuna added.

At the start of the season, Tooro United had a change in administration and ushered in a one Ssesanga Spelito who had acquired 49% shares of the Club’s ownership (as per the FUFA records) joining Smart Obed, the majority shareholder at 51%.

Spelito Ssesanga handshakes with Smart Obed as the CEO Tusiime looks on | Courtesy photo

Since the start of this ‘split-administration’, the club has endured a number of setbacks including playing the opening game of the season in an unofficial and unregistered jersey and the resignation of Wasswa Bbosa who helped the club finish 4th last season.

There is so much lacking and we can not continue like this. If only the administration could facilitate the Club’s activities and provide equipment to the players, maybe things would be different. As I speak, I am not even aware of who is the rightful owner of the club. We do not know who to go to for support.

We have been having Alice Namatovu offering some financial support but there is a lot she could not manage.

I do not belive I could manage to improve my career at a club in such a state.

Ndifuna concluded.

Eric Ndifuna joined Tooro United as Assistant to Wasswa Bbosa at the start of the 2018/19 season helping the club to finish 4th on the standings.

When Bbosa stepped down, Ndifuna assumed the head coach’s role and has since managed 5 games with 2 wins, a draw and 2 losses.

After failing to feature against Onduparaka FC in Fort Portal, Tooro United is ‘as per Article 24 (9) of the FUFA Competition rules or a related article’ set to lose 6 points which could see them sink to the bottom of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League standings.

Tooro United failed to honor a home fixture against Onduparaka due to licensing problems and could be docked 6-points and attract a fine of close to 5 million Uganda shillings like in the case of Proline FC | Courtesy photo

Tooro United FC is currently 13th on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League standings with 14 points, just 5 from bottom-placed Proline FC.

Proline FC was the last top tier side to be docked 6-points this season after failing to honor a home game against SC Villa at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

This could be the second time Onduparaka FC benefit from ‘a failed fixture’ after picking up 3-points against Police FC earlier in the season for failing to show up for their opening game at the Luzira Prison grounds in the first round.

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