Uganda Premier League side Proline Football Club have come out to clear the air on the latest developments and saga around their player Ivan Bogere. Expressing their shock around the situation, but have put the responsibility down to opportunists and the invincible hand.
Ivan Bogere joined Proline in 2018 from the Buganda Masaza Cup and went on to become one of the bright talents to get their breakthrough at the club who believe in developing and nurturing youth talent.
In his first season at the club, under Shafic Bisaso, Bogere was a major pillar, scoring 14 goals as they gained promotion to the top division from the FUFA Big League last season.
He was also instrumental as they emerged winners of the Uganda Cup, to cap off the club’s most successful season.
Bogere carried his fine performances into this season, with a hat-trick on his continental debut as Proline eliminated Masters Security 3-0 in the CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round qualifier, before bagging a brace as they progressed past AS Kigali in the first-round qualifier.
The striker has often complained of injuries and illnesses recently and was given time off to recover well, only to defect and resurface in Dubai, where he was given a warm welcome, with reports indicating that he is on the verge of joining top division side AL-Nasr SC.
Proline have however feigned ignorance of the purported move, revealing that the player missed the last two weeks of training and that they also got to learn of the Dubai move via media reports, and have no knowledge of Bogere’s whereabouts.
“We have learnt through the media that our player, Ivan Bogere, is purportedly in Dubai trying to join an unnamed club. As the club we have no knowledge of this development, infact, according to us, Ivan has been down with malaria and has missed training for the last 2 weeks,” read a statement from Proline.
“We have no knowledge of his whereabouts at the moment as all efforts to reach him over the weekend have been unsuccessful.” The statement continued.
The club also acknowledged the receipt of an ‘intention to sue’ letter addressed to the club by Twikirize and Co. Advocates, who are working on behalf of Bogere’s mother.
According to the letter, Bogere’s mother threatened to a lawsuit against Proline for a couple of illegal understanding with her son, that include contracting her son who was a minor by then without seeking the consent of her as the mother and guardian.
The letter also accuses Proline of failure to fulfil the promises stated in the contract with the player, taking him out of school.
Allegations to which Proline say they are shocked are against them as they have worked diligently with the players’ manager and guardian since they scouted him. However, they are prepared to handle the allegations in-house as it is the club’s policy.
“We have worked diligently with both the player, his manager/guardian since we scouted him while playing in the Masaza football tournament. However, we are confident that this will be sorted out in-house, given it’s our policy as a club not to publicly fight our players.”
“Bogere is a player we have nurtured, and we have no desire at the moment to be antagonistic with him, or his mother. We believe they are just misguided by unscrupulous persons for reasons yet unknown,” the statement continued.
Proline also noted that their preference is to protect the player at all times as they seek to resolve the matter amicably, but promised to deal with the matter legally or otherwise depending on the option they are left with.
The 2019 Uganda Cup winners will be in action today in the Uganda Premier League when they visit Kyetume at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole before they face off with Libyan Champions Al Nasr FC in a doubleheader for a spot in the CAF Confederations Cup group stage.
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