‘Loyalty doesn’t pay the bills’ they say and this is mainly down to the money involved when players receive offers from various new clubs fighting for their signatures.
Joseph Mandela a defensive midfielder currently on the books of Proline FC is one of many soon to be free agents who believes his service at the relegation threatened side is coming to an end after his seven-year hiatus at the club.
“As a player, the time comes when you need to grow on and off the pitch, it’s normal in this business,” Mandela told Football256 before adding.
“With the marvellous relationship I have with the club, fans, my teammates and management I’d have loved to stay.”
“But I think it’s the right time for me to face a new challenge as a player and a person when my current contract expires in June,” he added.
The 25-year-old was scouted by Uganda Cranes assistant coach Abdullah Mubiru back in 2012 while he was playing for home club Adjumani Town Council subsequently joining Proline FC.
The lanky midfielder has stuck with the side through thick and thin helping them gain promotion to the top flight twice.
Even though the return of current Uganda Premier League season remains uncertain, Mandela is focused on playing out the remaining games in a bid to help the club survive relegation.
“Currently am focused on the remaining five games of the season and after that I’ll look at my options, however, Proline will always be home and family to me,” Mandela who won the 2019 Uganda Cup, his and the club’s only major honour concluded.
Proline sit 14th on 22 points, five points adrift of the safe spot with five games to go. The Uganda Cup defending champions need to win four out of the five games to avoid the drop.