By Edwin Kyle Kule
Former Wakiso Giants striker Abdul Karim Nduggwa is distraught with the manner of his exit from the club, claiming that he is a victim of a petty war with head coach Douglas Bamweyana.
Nduggwa together with Gaddafi Wahab, Ivan Ssebuguzi, Osman Miraji and goalkeeper George William Katende were released by the club in January, five games into the 2020-21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.
According to Nduggwa, a small misunderstanding between him and the coach that started during the team’s pre-season camp in Masaka escalated into a bitter situation that ultimately led to his exit from the club.
“It started at the retreat trip in Masaka where we faced a Masaka select team in a practice match,” Nduggwa opened up to Football256.
“The coach used a weaker team in the first half which conceded two goals. Later on, a new team was introduced in the second half which I happened to be among.”
“The coach insisted that we build from behind with patience but we were behind (in the game) so I called upon the players to try and bring the ball into attack quicker and we went on to score two goals.”
“Little did I know that among the team there is one player who took my words to the coach. So, Bamweyana called me and told me I was disorganising his team by creating another system.”
“I apologised and asked the coach for a pardon, but little did I know that he had taken matters personal to the extent of causing my exit from the club,” Nduggwa claimed.
According to Nduggwa, after the incident, his relationship with Bamweyana deteriorated with the coach forcefully claiming that he was injured and was asked to undertake a rehabilitation program that lasted to months.
But the postponement of the league start date gave him ample time to recover and he was in shape by the time the league kicked off in December. However, the relationship was never amended.
“Even after the league started, the coach kept on saying am not yet ready and as this was happening, some members of the club secretariat would ask me what had happened but I couldn’t explain the situation,” Nduggwa explained.
“As this was happening, I could see and feel that the coach was no longer interested in my services.”
“But I carry along with a clean conscious and I thank everyone at the club for giving me an opportunity and wish them the best.”
The towering forward who has previously played for Express FC, SC Villa, Victors FC, AFC Leopards in Kenya, Mbarara FC and Onduparaka FC now seeks a new adventure elsewhere.
Nduggwa was Wakiso Giants’ second top scorer in the 2019/20 season despite coming off the bench for much of the season, netting five goals behind Vianne Ssekajugo who scored nine.
Wakiso Giants are yet to register a win this season having drawn all their five league matches before the campaign faced a break due to the CHAN tournament.
The Purple Sharks are currently positioned 10th on the 16-team log with five points from five games and are set to play against Mbarara City when the league resumes on February 12.