Fred Kajoba might be at Vipers Sports Club plotting to win the StarTimes Uganda Premier League at the end of the season, but behind the scenes, the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach is embroiled in a legal battle with his former employers Bright Stars.
Kajoba through the FUFA dispute resolution chamber filed a case accusing Bright Stars of failing to settle him while he served as club head coach to the tune of UGX 48,790,000, a claim Bright Stars denies through a letter that was written to FUFA dated February 19, 2020.
In a document exclusively accessed by Football256, club CEO Mathias Zibu states that the club owes their former coach, but not up to the amount stated in Kajoba’s complaint.
The document goes on to state that Kajoba was hired on a two-year contract in 2014 which ran out in 2016, but during that period, Kajoba’s monies along with his assistant Paul Kiwanuka were paid in cash by club chairman Ronald Mutebi. An anomaly the club says was down to lack of a steady and dependable source of income.
“We write in reference to the above-mentioned subject and your letter dated February 14, 2020, where you requested us to furnish you with a response regarding Mr. Kajoba’s claim of UGX 46,790,000,” reads part of the statement.
“Mr. Kajoba was paid fully upon contract expiration in August 2016, there were no arrears of any kind.”
“Mr. Kajoba then requested for a contract renewal, but the chairman informed him the club lacked the funds at the time but after some time he offered to stay on as head coach and we both agreed he would be renumerated when the club gets funds which he accepted” the statement indicates further.
Bright Stars state that they paid Kajoba UGX 9,300,000 for the one-year period he was in charge and a further UGX 2,210,000 in bonuses.
And in 2017 he formally renewed his contract for a further two years and demanded UGX 3,200,000 which the club agreed to and was paid to the dot until the contract expired.
Bright Stars refused to renew Kajoba’s contract in 2019 on grounds that they could no longer afford to pay the sum but the club confirms they owe Kajoba UGX 990,000.
Football256’s efforts to contact Kajoba for a comment on the matter were futile as he wasn’t answering calls on his known mobile number.