Onduparaka fans had to find a way of sleeping with broken hearts on Thursday night after the news broke of Charles Livingstone Mbabazi leaving the Arua based club due to what the coach deemed a breach of contract by his employers.
It’s believed Mbabazi initially agreed to sign a contract with The Caterpillars on credit, with a promise his sign on fee worth UGX 50 million would be cleared in due course. However, the initial agreed ultimatum depleted without anything maturing.
It is after then that Onduparaka Chairman Benjamin Nyakuni promised to clear the former head coach’s sign on fee plus outstanding wages after a certain period of time, beyond which the coach was free to call it quits, Football-256 has come to learn.
Club Patron Honourable Atiku Bernard confirmed that, in recent times, the club held talks with Mbabazi over his salary and agreed to fulfil the contractual terms after a certain time.
“The coach had a discussion with the club chairman and myself and we agreed on some timeline to fulfil some contractual obligations,” Hon. Bernard told Football-256.
The recent turn of events has left the club’s fans furious and devastated with the administration for concealing such critical information, and allowing external media to take centre stage over the news.
But Atiku defended that having had a discussion with the coach, the decision to be patient entirely remained in Mbabazi’s hands.
“The situation at hand is in the hands of the coach, if he chooses to go, we can’t stand in his way. It becomes difficult for the management to comment on any media reports without us agreeing on a joint position,” Atiku noted.
He also admitted the Club lacks the financial muscle to retain Coaches and Players. “As for now, the club is not in the best financial position to control any Player or technical personnel but we remain hopeful that those who have this club at heart will bear the situation we are in.”
Mbabazi is set to be named the new head coach at top division side Wakiso Giants, as a replacement for Kefa Kisala who was sacked by the club a couple of weeks ago.