Suspended Kyetume Football Club goalkeeper Joel Kyetume has confirmed to Football256 that match-fixing is a common practice at the club.
The Ugandan international, however, denies being part of any match-fixing plots much as media has been fed with information that he is suspended on such grounds.
The Mukono based club suspended Mutakubwa and defender Julius Ntambi for what they described as ‘unprofessional behaviour’ in the side’s 4-2 defeat to Kitara in Masindi on Wednesday.
Mutakubwa was shown a red card in the game for head butting an opponent, and while he concedes to have been culpable for the red card, he argues that it was purely a thing that happens in the heat of the moment.
“It is true I retaliated and misbehaved,” Mutakubwa disclosed, before adding “But that was in the heat of the moment, it happens to everyone.”
“The letter says unprofessional behaviour, but I am Shocked that some media outlets are reporting match-fixing and it’s the club CEO (Emmanuel Musinguzi) feeding them with such information.”
He also adds: “It is quite understandable why our bosses think that way because the whole of last season they have been betting games. You all had Sowedi’s (Salim) audio with club chairman Ruben (Mubiru).”
Sowedi Salim a goalkeeper at the club was at one time heard in a leaked audio with Kyetume FC chairman Ruben Mubiru as they plotted to fix the Kyetume vs Onduparaka game last season.
Indeed Kyetume went on to lose that game 7-2 in Arua with Sowedi – deputy to Mutakubwa – named in goal for the game.
On another incident, a referee assigned to Kyetume’s games against Police FC wrongfully dialled a referees’ body official at FUFA thinking he was calling Mubiru.
The reason for the call was to ask the Kyetume chairman Mubiru to clear arrears of match officials for the game at Lugogo.
Mutakubwa thinks the accusations on him are a big dent in his career; “I have done the unthinkable hard work to be here, and so I just cannot play with the name I am building.”
“I request the club to produce raw evidence to the media confirming the wide-spreading allegations then I will rest my case, he added.
Mutakubwa’s contract with the club is months away, though currently unemployed following the indefinite suspension from Kyetume.