Tooro United players have written to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) demanding clarity over the unclear ownership of the football club.
According to a petition document that Football256 is privy of, and signed by 16 players led by their captain Timothy Musinguzi, they are not aware of who their real boss is.
With the players demanding three months in unpaid salary arrears, unpaid sign-on fees that were due to be cleared in October 2019, and failure by the club to provide them with regular training which affects their performance.
The players are therefore left disgruntled, as their attempts to meet the top bosses at the club have been coldly met by celebrated female sportscaster and head of marketing at BBS Television Alice Namatovu who has presented herself as the club owner.
“We players of Tooro United, hereby express our concern about the status of the club ownership, our salary, unpaid balance of signing fee among other issues.”
“Firstly, we would like FUFA as a mother body of the sport to clearly help us know who the rightful owner of the club is. For long we have moved in darkness about our real boss,” the document said.
“The latest confusion of scenes was the show up of Alice Namatovu, who came to us in the persons of the owner but she insists not to listen to our claims of discomfort.”
“On Saturday 4th, January when we demanded for our pay of three months’ salary, the unpaid balance of signing fees from current claiming owner she told us that she doesn’t know about it.”
“When we insisted, she braggingly told us to go to her office to get our release letters,” the documented highlighted,” the document continued.
Tooro United was founded in 2007, Initially called Soana Football Club after then club director Smart Obed’s Investment Company. In 2013, they gained promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Initially hosting their games at the Kavumba Recreation Center in Wakiso, Obedi decided to move the club to Fort Portal, and with it came a name change to Tooro United.
That was never going to be the only change the club was to undergo, with Obedi selling a stake in the club to fellow businessman Sperito Ssesanga in 2019. Football256 later learnt that Sperito was working as an agent on behalf of a one Godfrey Galabuzi.
But since Galabuzi-Sperito consortium took over the club’s affairs, affairs have only been going south for the club.
Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa unceremoniously left the club, giving rise to a massive exodus of club officials, with CEO Moses Tusiime, media manager Shaban Lubega all throwing in the towel shortly due to unclear management and direction.
“Everything changed and the team is not the same anymore. And that’s due to poor governance and administration,” Tusiime said while appearing on NBS’ sports talk show The Score.
In November last year, news again spread that the club had been re-sold to Jimmy Lukwago a former Director of Kira Young, much as Galabuzi, Ssesanga and Obedi declined to confirm the development.
“Jimmy (Lukwago) has not bought the team and we shall not sell to him,” Obedi who is rumoured to own 10% of the club and still holds the status of patron told www.football256.com in November.
Shortly, fresh reports made rounds of how Namatovu had taken over the club. Obedi and Co. are yet to come out and officially refute the reports, with sources revealing that she is already handling affairs at the club, as she is trying to stamp her authority.
All the back and forth about who actually the owner is has left the playing staff disgruntled and devoid of answers. They have therefore resolved to sit down if the issue is not rectified soon.
“We have decided to petition FUFA to intervene in our issues with the club. We request FUFA to help us in identifying who our real boss among Namatovu Alice, Godfrey Galabuzi and Sperito Ssesanga is. We stand for a sit down until our matters are handled,” the document asserted.
This comes at a time when Tooro United are supposed to host Onduparaka at the St Paul Seminary Grounds in Fort Portal on Tuesday, January 8th, 2020 as the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League resumes.