Onduparaka left-back Rashid Okocha has opened up to Football256 about his future with the Arua based side.
Okocha revealed that he is not about to bid farewell to the club despite his contract situation and links elsewhere.
Okocha whose contract with Onduparaka ran out in June, is staying at his hometown club as they hold talks for a new contract.
The hardworking left-footed winger cum defender has been recently linked to a move to BUL FC amongst other clubs in the Uganda Premier League.
However, Okocha has distanced himself from the reports, terming them as rumours further stating that his desire is to stay with the Caterpillars for another year.
“I have heard rumours over my move to BUL FC, but honestly I am not interested,” Okocha told Football256 before adding.
“I still want to stay with the club for at least another season as long they offer me a new contract.”
Okocha is one of the many Onduparaka players who have faced it rough due to unpaid arrears as they went several months without being cleared but the defender remains optimistic.
“We are not the only club facing financial difficulties in the Premier League and my bosses have given me renewed hope after holding a lengthy discussion about the future of the club,” he stated.
The club has not hidden away from the financial challenges they have had to endure especially through last season due to the lack of sponsors, relying mainly on concealed and irregular funding from their sole sponsors MTN.
The Caterpillars Head of Marketing and Communication Mercy Manduru who also calls shots in administrative matters is appreciative of the efforts from the telecommunication company.
“The financial challenges are general however they won’t last long,” Manduru told this website.
“These occurrences have helped the club learn and plan for sustainable strategies. Very soon, we shall reveal a new strategic plan and this too shall be behind us,” she added.
“The MTN sponsorship has been a huge blessing and the terms of disbursement are matters of institutional principle,” Manduru noted.
Muhamood Hassan is the first player to officially exit Greenlight this transfer window after penning a two-year contract with Police FC.
The Club is at risk of losing more first-team players given the unfavourable conditions.
Manduru despite admitting to the club struggling to keep its players revealed the club hierarchy has taken necessary steps in managing the situation including plans to offer new contracts to some notable players like Okocha, Ezra Bida and Muhammad Rashid.
“Okocha’s contract expired, however, he expressed his desire to stay at the club. We have also held close door discussions whose outcomes will be formally revealed if positively concluded,” she revealed.
“The club has also held individual talks with other players like Bida, Muhammad Rashid and several others whose contracts have expired, between now and October the club will reveal its 2020 squad soon,” Manduru said.
Matters of arrears are understood to have been handled in phases during the COVID-19 break and in the next month, Manduru explained that they expect to have cleared all outstanding arrears.
“We have been clearing outstanding arrears in phases during this COVID-19 break. In the next one month we would have completely worked backwards,”
“Those are huge financial undertakings but they are also commitments the club made. We are slowly gaining our stability and ensuring there is no repetition of the events that unfolded unexpectedly last season.”
The club is also focused on internal restructuring from coaching, management and players and growth according to Manduru.
The appointment of Vialli Bainomugisha as the club’s new head coach on a two-year contract underlines the club’s ambition.