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Awanyi headed to Israel

Timothy Awany has been with KCCA FC since 2014. (PHOTO/file)

KAMPALA – KCCA FC defender Timothy Awany has sealed a move to Israel side Ashdod FC.

The former KCCA FC captain is understood to be joining the Ashdod based side on a free transfer after his contract with the Kasasiros expired at the back-end of last season.

Awany skippered KCCA FC last season but he was stripped of his captaincy in May, after failing to agree on a new deal with the reigning StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions.

According to Kawowo Sports, the lanky defender has finished all the necessary documentation for seal the move and will depart for Israel at the beginning of the upcoming week.

Awany is currently with the Uganda Cranes team that is in Djibouti as they build-up the CHAN 2020 qualifier against Somalia on Saturday.

The 22-year-old joined KCCA FC from Kibuli Secondary School in 2014 and has been at Lugogo throughout the last 5 years.

At his time at KCCA FC, he has won three league titles, two Uganda Cups, one CECAFA Kagame cup and three Super Cups.

Awany is a full Uganda Cranes international, featuring in 25 senior games since his debut in 2016.

He was part of the Cranes team that reached the last 16 at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

About Awany’s new club

Ashdod Sports Club is an Israeli football club, playing in the port city of Ashdod. The unorthodox name of the team (unlike most Israeli soccer teams, the name indicates only the club’s home city but no association, e.g. Hapoel, Maccabi, Beitar etc.) is the result of the union of two city rivals, Hapoel Ashdod and Maccabi Ironi Ashdod.

During the club’s first years, it’s kit colours were completely blue. However, when Haim Revivo took a more prominent role in the club, the colours were changed to red and yellow. The decision was made that the kit should incorporate the previous two clubs’ colours, Hapoel having been red and Maccabi yellow.

The club was not immediately successful after the merger, and fan support was lacking. During the 2004/05 season, they reached their greatest achievement, a third-place finish in the Israeli Premier League and a berth in the UEFA Cup.

The club also reached the final of the Toto Cup, only to go out on penalty kicks. Their first time in a continental competition was not a memorable one, as they went out to NK Domzale.

Prior to the 2014/15, the club added Ironi to its name. However, following a dispute with fans of the previous club, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod, during the 2–3 defeat against Maccabi Netanya in the last match of the regular season, the club’s chairman, Jacky Ben-Zaken, decided to rename the club to Hapoel Ashdod and to play in red shirts.

Despite warnings from the Israel Football Association, which informed the club that such changes during the season are illegal, Ashdod did show up for their next match, which opened the bottom playoff, against Hapoel Ra’anana in red shirts, with the caption “F.C. Hapoel Ashdod”, and was eventually disciplined.

Furthermore, the club was punished by FIFA with six points deduction for failing to pay an arbitration award to Nigerian club, Kaduna United for the transfer of Efe Ambrose in 2010. As a result, the club has been dropped to the bottom place in the Israeli Premier League.

However, in an exceptional decision, FIFA reversed its decision after it was found out that the club did pay the arbitration award. At the end of the season, the club finished at the bottom of the league, after failing to register a win during their last 15 matches, and for the first time in their history, were relegated to the second tier, Liga Leumit, following a defeat of 0–1 against Hapoel Tel Aviv.

In the 2015/16 season, the club won Liga Leumit and made an immediate return to the Israeli Premier League.

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