WANKULUKUKU – Express FC have confirmed the departure of three first team players as they start efforts to freshen up their squad.
The players in question are defender Arthur Kiggundu, midfielder Badru Nsubuga and forward Mubaraka Nsubuga.
The trio is understood to have opted out after negotiations over new contracts failed to materialize.
“The three players and their representatives have failed to consent with the contract extension offers provided to them by the club, read a statement on the official Express FC website.
“The club has decided to let them to ply their trade elsewhere.
Kiggundu joined the Red Eagles last year from arch-rivals SC Villa and has been a main stay ever since George Ssemwogerere took over from Kefa Kisala as head coach, at the start of the year.
He has played on the left side of a three man defence alongside John Revita and Shafick Kakeeto.
For the two Nsubugas, they both graduated from Wembley FC, one of Express’s feeder lower division sides.
Badru joined the Wankulukuk based side at the start of last season while Mubaraka has been there since 2017.
All this comes just days after Express FC chairperson Kiryowa Kiwanuka came out and announced that there were changes expected in the team and also confirmed that head coach George Ssemwogerere was to stay as the team’s number one tactician.
Reliable sources from Wankulukuku indicate that the three players who have left are just a begining of a massive clear-out as the Red Eagles bid to dispose of, dead wood.
The likes of Tony Odur, Mathaius Muwanga and Ibrahim Kayiwa are expected to leave before the start of next season.
Express finished the 2018/19 season in 10th position having gathered 40 points from 30 games. They exited the Uganda Cup in the semifinals, falling to Bright Stars in penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw.