At the time Ezra Bida announced himself to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League scene in his debut season for Onduparaka three years ago, the former Koboko Rising Stars player was a hot young prospect that pundits predicted would turn out to be the face of the club.
Those that watched him with the U17 national side at the age of 14, six years go would say he was an admirable prospect.
By the time he joined the Caterpillars, thoughts of Muhammad Shaban’s replica in terms of performance filled minds of soccer fans.
Some experts suggested that the then 17-year-old would supersede Shaban but unfortunately, expectation didn’t come to pass until the expiry of his contract last month (June).
His tenure at the Greenlight Stadium has been marred with less game time mainly due to injuries.
And while there is strong talk that Bida has put pen to paper on a new contract with Onduparaka, Football256 understands that the pair are yet to reach an agreement. Though initial talks of renewal have actually been held.
“We’ve had verbal talks and I have made my intentions known to them (Onduparaka), however, they haven’t tabled a contract for me yet,” Bida exclusively told this website.
“When I get to view the contract and it satisfies me, then I will decide,” he added.
In as much as Bida would love to stay with Onduparaka, the fact that the club has made clear their intention not to attach a sign-on fee during their initial talks is a turnoff for the player.
A situation that other top division clubs are looking to prey on. This website understands that Kyetume and Mbarara City FC are taking stock of the situation and have seemingly even made formal enquiries to measure the possibility of signing the player.
The 20-year-old further intimated to this writer that he has already had contact with Kyetume who have tabled an interesting offer for the forward who may be swayed by the possibility of linking up with his former coach Livingstone Mbabazi.
“I have held talks with other clubs including Kyetume and Mbarara City in recent times,” Bida said.
It remains to be seen where the forward who has scored five goals for Onduparaka will turn out next season, but as it stands the ball is in his hands.