By Baron Kironde
Meddy Kyeyune, a former player at Onduparaka FC has sworn that the club can never win the league with their ‘incompetence and unprofessionalism’.
Kyeyune claims he, among most of the 13 others was ‘unfairly’ dismissed for ‘over-demanding for payment.
“Onduparaka want to win the league but that can never happen with such amateurism in football. You can’t even be in the top three if you treat players like trash.”
“You work for them but when you demand your money, you are instead suspended for indiscipline.”
Kyeyune adds that he was also tired of regularly being fed food prepared from cassava flour in Arua, according to him, he expected better from a topflight club.
“In fact, by the time Onduparaka thought they were releasing us, we had already relieved ourselves from their unpleasant dungeon,” he further noted.
Currently, with Elman SC in Somalia, Kyeyune deserted the Arua based club even before they officially announced his release on Tuesday this week.
‘Onduparaka has no case to answer’ – club insists
Speaking to Authorities at the Arua based club, Onduparaka CEO Edison Saba Saba Shaban contends there is no reason to raise eyebrows if a team chooses to lay off players and bring in others.
Saba Saba insists management decided to release the affected players to give room for new talent as they rebuild a new squad for the 2021/2022 Uganda Premier League campaign.
Saba Saba majorly cited incompetence, expiration of contracts and indiscipline as the influencing factors to the club’s ultimate decision.
“Most of the released players had their contracts expired at the end of last season. If the released players are reacting bitterly, it could be only emotional, not factual as such,” Shaban explained.
“Other players like Okot (Moses) failed to complete the season with us, Living Kabon is on his way out and Noel Nasasira is expected to return to Kyetume after his loan contract at the Caterpillars expired,” he added.
Onduparaka finished 12th on the log last season with only 28 points garnered in 26 games.
Onduparaka head of marketing and communication Mercy Munduru also added that players can make accusations at any time but they should with evidence if at all the club is expected to be answerable.