By Baron Kironde
Defender Hakim ‘Makupesa’ Magombe is full of regret for his ‘miscalculated’ move to Onduparaka FC.
Magombe, one of the fourteen players the Arua-based club just released at once on Tuesday has described the incident as ‘disgraceful.’
Magombe, after goalkeeper Austin Opoka also joined the Caterpillars from Busoga United earlier this year, but the defender regards the whole season wasted.
“When I came to Arua in February, I expected so much better than what I have been subjected to. I haven’t got anything,” the disappointed player expressed.
“I had only good intentions for the club, and I played my part, yet all the things the club promised, they didn’t even fulfil half the pledge,” he added.
The defender insists he played his role well for the club but was only veiled in indiscipline as a justifiable way to push him like several others away.
“The salaries don’t come, and you don’t want to believe it but the club has failed to clear even our sign-on fees since February up to now.”
“You can’t start saying I’m indisciplined just because I’m insisting on claiming for what rightfully belongs to me, it was an agreement.”
Magombe, who arrived with nine other players from central Uganda noted that there is also a silent but very big challenge of intimidation and segregation at the club.
“If you look at that list well, you will see that most of these players (up to ten) are the ones who came in from central.”
“We were regarded as ‘big heads’ because we demanded our money,” he noted before revealing.
“Even Koko (Dennis Andama), one of their own was sacrificed for playing his role as captain; demanding for our (the players’) money.”
Disguising welcoming the decision to be let go by Onduparaka, Magombe feels he deserves better and hopes he gets a club that will pay him for his services.
He revealed that even before Onduparaka publicly published their list of the released players, he had already made up his mind to ply his trade somewhere else, where he would be appreciated.
Onduparaka has chosen to remain silent for now about the matter. Efforts to reach club chairman Benjamin Nyakuni for a comment about the same were unsuccessful as he did not pick up this reporter’s phone calls, nor reply to his messages.