Former Tooro United head coach Wasswa Bbosa yesterday stated that ‘things at the club were not going well’, as he made public his decision to step down from his role at the club.
The revelation came minutes after his side had suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Onduparaka at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.
Bbosa is known to be a dedicated coach, not a quitter and one who gives his all to make sure his side perform to the optimum. But throwing in the towel at Tooro exposes the rot behind the club. But how bad is it?
Bbosa’s major concern is that the players have not been paid for three months something which has really downed the mood and attitude of his squad and therefore he (Bbosa) cannot work with a disgruntled group of players.
“They neglected the team, for quite some time now and with the nature of our job, I felt like I was letting down myself and the boys. Because we had gone quite a while without pay, and that affected their morale and attitude to play games,” Bbosa told football-256
Bbosa also intimates that the squad has been poorly facilitated, in terms of logistics, like refreshments and transport for both training and match days. He on a number of occasions uses his own resources to procure various items like refreshments, transport and the team’s kits.
“I still have loans to pay because I vouched for the team when procuring balls, jerseys and other kits and the suppliers need their money,”
“Some days we could not train because they failed to facilitate us, and the team almost failed to travel to Arua because the administration failed to provide transport and allowances for the team.” Bbosa added.
Bbosa has been in charge of Tooro since 2018, and guided them to a fourth-place finish during the 2018/2019 season, and was given a one-year contract extension at the club in June, amidst rumors of links elsewhere.
By then, the club had announced a new shareholder Mr. Sperito Ssesanga who had reportedly invested UGX 200 million, to buy a 49% stake in the club. Good business perhaps, but barely six months on and the club look destined to tread down the road into oblivion.
“Sadly, they always come out for home games, make gate collections but just disappear. I only met Mr. Sperito once when I was signing my extension, since then the club has been run by people I don’t know.” He continued.
Tooro United currently lie 12th on the log, with 10 points from their opening 10 league games. Tooro host struggling Mbarara City next at the St. Paul’s Seminary Grounds, Fort Portal on Saturday 2nd November.
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