Watenga distances himself from the match-fixing reports at Sofapaka

Ugandan goalkeeper Ismael Watenga has dismissed media claims that he left Kenya Premier League side Sofapaka because agents were offering him money to fix games.

On Sunday, May 24th, 2020, New Vision published a story where the former Vipers’ goalkeeper was quoted as saying; “I have big dreams as a player and a $20,000 bribe can’t cancel my future dreams, I had to move on.”

However, the lanky shot-stopper has watered down the development; “That’s not true, the claims are unfounded,” Watenga told Football256.

“I asked to leave Sofapaka because I thought in the January transfer window something better was coming up, fortunately, they released me, because it was part of the initial plan before I joined them.”

“So, for anyone to claim that I left because I didn’t want to fix matches is very wrong and damaging especially since it’s not true.”

“At Sofapaka I worked with professional people who loved their team and despite the challenges like elsewhere they also tried their level best to help the team win,” he added.

After releasing Watenga, Sofapaka signed another Ugandan goalkeeper in Nicholas Ssebwato, who guided them to 10th on the 18 team log after the league was ended prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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