July 5, 2022

Kataka player ruled out for a year after Mbale chaos

By Brian Aheebwa

Kataka FC midfielder Aziz Namboibi will be out of action for a year after sustaining a terrible injury in a chaotic encounter against Kyetume FC.

At Mbale Municipal Stadium on Thursday, Namboibi was substituted just after five minutes following a dangerous tackle from Kyetume’s forward Ezra Kaye.

“I sensed danger immediately and when I was approached by our goalkeeper, I told him it seems there is something broken in my right foot,” Namboibi told www.football256.com.

“When the doctors came, they told me to stand and I could not because I felt paralyzed and after the first examination, they realized that it was broken.”

“After the x-ray, it was found out that it was damaged twice including the ankle and the bone,” the midfielder noted.

Namboibi is currently wrapped with bone cement and according to the doctors, his spell out will be about 12 months.

“It is going to take me a year to recover because I was told by the doctors that I will be walking using clutches for six months.”

“And thereafter, I will go for a review before another phase of bone cement,” he confirmed to this website.

Namboibi and his side Kataka were StarTimes Uganda Premier League-bound but lost a crucial game 3-2 to the Slaughters on the final day of the 2021/22 StarTimes FUFA Big League season.

Besides his nasty injury, there were plenty of ugly scenes including the home team denying the Sanyuka TV crew access to the stadium as they did not want their game to be live on television, calling for the intervention of FUFA.

Several Kyetume fans were also denied entrance by some Kataka officials but later they were allowed in.

Soon after referee Mashood Ssali blew his full-time whistle, there was more chaos as the Kataka faithful attacked the former and his assistants.

In that scuffle, one of the linesmen was punched by an angry Kataka fan and some Kyetume players were beaten up while celebrating, but, later Police got the situation under control using teargas.

In the aftermath of all that, Kataka has been summoned to provide a written defense to the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel about their unsporting conduct that day.

FUFA went ahead and tasked Kataka’s Noah Musisi to provide a separate defense in relation to fighting a Kyetume player after the game.

Both parties have until Saturday, April 30 to submit their defense regards the above highlighted incidents.

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