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Coaches Association demands Misagga’s apology over comments on James Odoch

Misagga is accused of making demeaning comments on James Odoch (file photo)

KAMPALA – In the aftermath of comments made by Nyamityobora FC Chairperson, Ben Missaga on former club head coach, James Odoch on Sunday evening, the Uganda Football Coaches Association (UFCA) has demanded that the former SC Villa President apologizes.

Through their Chief Executive Officer, Badru Kaddu Mukasa, the body demands a public apology to the Uganda Football Coaches Association, players, fans, the general public and the entire football fraternity at large for the unbecoming behavior and language used towards Odoch.

The apology, according to the press release must be done within 48 hours, lest they will ban their association with Nyamityobora Football Club.

“Following the results from the match between KCCA and Nyamityobora Football Club on Sunday, 25th November 2018, coach James Odoch, a registered member of the Uganda Football Coaches Association was sacked by the management of Nyamitybora Football Club, reads the latter.

“We understand the management of the club has the rights to employ and sack but our surprise was the way the chairman of Nyamityobora FC went ahead to post ashaming and degrading tweets on the social media which are not only hurting our brother but also our profession as well.

“We write in deep concern over the ways in which the press and those on the social media have turned tweets made against our member into trending topics and headlines.

In the latter, the Association goes on to request Misagga to come out and apologize to the football fraternity.

“It is upon this background therefore that we request Eng. Ben Misagga (The President of Nyamityobora Football Club) to come out officially and apologize to the Uganda Football Coaches Association, players, fans, the general public and the football fraternity at large for his unbecoming behavior and language used towards our fellow coach over his last loss against KCCA F.C.

“This communication must be done in the next 48 hours and failure to adhere to this, will lead us ban the entire football coaches in Uganda and in the region around and internationally to trade with Nyamityobora Football Club.

On Sunday, after Nyamityobora were walloped 6-1 by KCCA FC, Misagga tweeted on his twitter handle that;

“Odoch can not March Nyamityobora FC technical works, within three days, we shall give Nyamityobora another person who can measure to the challange, I DONT GROOM COACHES, Nyamityobora is not a learning process for coaching.

After receiving the UFCA latter, Misagga has since come out and made further comments.

“I did not injury the person of coach James Odoch. All the comments I made were by me as an individual not the president of Nyamityobora Football Club. Apologize! For what? Therefore, I will not apologize”

It remains to be seen whether Misagga who has clashed with several personnel on Social Media lately, will retreat his words and apologize.

Nyamityobora is currently minus a head coach, a situation which does not help their cause as they sit second from bottom on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table.

Odoch was the man responsible for guiding Nyamityobora to the top flight for the first time in their history, last season. He and his side have had a baptisim of fire in the top flight, winning only one of their first eight games whilst losing six.

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