After the completion of the first leg of the Uganda Premier League, tactician Hussein Mbalangu and his technical team have thrown in the towel at Mbarara City FC.
Mbalangu who was hired on a short term basis in November 2021, cites poor welfare among other issues as the reason for his resignation in a letter addressed to the club’s chairman Hon. Mwine Mpaka.
“We have come to this conclusion after observing a number of challenges ranging from the welfare to administration,” read part of the letter.
“The welfare of the players with the technical team inclusive has been poor, regardless of the effort we have tried to address them to you officially.”
“Making matters worse, we have accumulated arrears to a tune of two full months getting to the third, yet it’s the same salary that we have to use for feeding, payment of our rental apartments and our entire families.”
“Barely surviving in this city without earning even any training allowances, sincerely we are left with no option,” the letter noted.
The letter added: “When we took over and tried to introduce some changes to ensure better performance of the team which was not positively welcomed by some of the administrative members because we were breaking their scheme.”
“Nothing much should be said here but all can be well explained in one of the famous quotes, ‘the ship doesn’t sink more of the water outside rather than that inside it’.”
“The technical department tried its best to convince some players recently in order to reinforce the team for the second round but the administration was reluctant to engage these players who ended up joining other teams.”
“On top of enduring a lot since day one rightly from the challenges that were echoed by our predecessor from squad quality, welfare and lack of equipment.”
“This time around this is beyond our control as we feel there is a lack of unity within the club. It seems some individuals have their personal agendas,” the letter concluded.
The former Arua Hill SC head coach has moved on alongside his assistant Samuel Nsanziiro Ssenyange and goalkeeping coach Jamada Magasi.
At the time of his departure, Mbalangu left the Ankole Lions positioned 12th on the 16 team UPL log with 15 points, four above the red zone.
In the 15 games he has been in charge, the team won four times, drew thrice while they lost a whopping eight games.