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KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi decries ex-Onduparaka striker Mohammad Shaban’s continued inactivity

Shaban Mohammad is yet to feature in the Azam Premier League this season. Photo by Shaban Mohammad.



FOOTBALL–It’s now over a month ever since Shaban Mohammad signed a three-year deal with KCCA FC from Onduparaka but he is still yet to feature for the Kasasiro Boys.

The controversial transfer was completed on transfer deadline day in Uganda amid claims that it was not sanctioned by Onduparaka.

With FUFA giving KCCA FC the go ahead, the Lugogo-based side did the needful and signed one of Uganda’s most exiting prospects on a long term deal.

Little did they know that the striker would not play for them come today which has resulted into frustration for the coach Mike Mutebi.

“We (KCCA) signed Shaban because FUFA gave us the go ahead and promised us that the boy would play,” Mutebi said.

“The players status committee was surposed to avail Shaban with a provisional licence that would allow him to play for KCCA FC but we have not received it upto now,” he added.

He said what is happening to Shaban is similar to what happened to Saddam Juma.

Towards the end of last season, KCCA FC signed Saddam Juma from Express upon assurances from FUFA that he would be able to play for them.

After signing him on a two-year deal and trying to play him in the CAF Confederations cup, KCCA where delt a blow when CAF told them that he could not feature untill the official transfer window had opened in July.

That restricted Saddam to only two appearances in the tournament which angered Mutebi and officials at KCCA.

Having not learnt from their mistakes, both FUFA and KCCA went through with Shaban’s transfer from Onduparaka although the Arua-based side had clearly indicated that they would block the move and it’s now five games and he is still yet to get his official debut for the Kasasiro Boys.

“We as KCCA FC will seat and wait on what is decided but when you look at everything, it is the ‘kid’ who is loosing.

“For his sake, I don’t care if he goes back to Onduparaka or stays with us because he should be playing football in order to better his career,” Mike Mutebi concluded.

Shaban requested to leave Onduparaka before the start of the current Azam Uganda Premier League season, citing hostile playing conditions and his future being in danger.

His wish was granted by the Players status committee but Onduparaka blocked the move on grounds that KCCA had not met their compensation claims.

It remains to be seen where Shaban will play his next competitive League game but as KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi said, many of the football fans in the country would also not care for as long as he is playing and his future is not in any danger.

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