With the transfer window open in Uganda and across the world, many players are leaving their parent clubs in search of ‘greener pastures’.
However, that is not the case for Vipers’ Duncan Sseninde and Onduparaka captain Rashid Toha.
The two have decided to stay put at their respective clubs despite speculation linking them with moves to Mike Mutebi’s KCCA FC.
Seninde has signed a new three year deal at Vipers according to reports.
The left footed attacking midfielder was rumoured to be on his way out of the St. Mary’s stadium after expiry of his contract at the end of the just concluded season.
KCCA FC and URA where both waiting to pounce on the situation but it seems Sseninde will be staying put at the reigning league champions.
Sseninde had in the past few seasons been struggling interms of playing time but he looks to have won the faith of Vipers’ head coach Miguel da Costa especially in the second half of the just concluded season.
The diminutive player played a starring role in the club’s league triumph last season with impressive displays and a move to keep him at Kitende was top on agenda for the club.
Seninde joined the three-time league champions at the start of the 2015/16 season from Kampala Junior Team (KJT).
Vipers who have already signed defender Ibrahim Kiyemba and midfielder Rahmat Ssenfuka from SC Villa and Police FC respectively are also reportedly in talks with Brian Nkuubi over a new deal that will see him stay at Kitende for a further two years.
“Retaining the club best players is a must if Vipers is to compete for honours in the forthcoming very demanding season which includes Cecafa Club championship, CAF Champions League, Fufa super cup, Uganda premier league & Uganda Cup, read part of the statement on the club’s official website.
“Therefore other top performing players whose contracts are winding up will follow suit in sealing new deals.
For Rashid Toha, he will not move to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) F.C, at least for now.
This is a decision that the towering defender who is still contracted at the club made after agreeing with the top club officials.
According to the player himself, he will still serve the West Nile based club for the 2018/19 season until further notice.
This had followed repeated media rants linking the player away from Onduparaka and KCCA’s open interest in the defender.
Born in Moyo, Toha was part of the players who have played with Onduparaka FC from the FUFA Big league until they got promoted to the elite Uganda Premier League to date.
Toha made the statement on his Facebook page.
“I am remaining at Onduparaka Football Club, read the statement.
“I want to thank the management of KCCA FC for their interest they showed in me and it means a lot to me as a footballer and a person, but after meeting the management of Onduparaka FC and sharing with my family about the transfer, we finally came with a solution of me remaining in the club and I am looking forward to the season 2018/19 season with Onduparaka FC.
Toha travelled with the Onduparaka U-18 team as they faced Vipers Junior Team at the Star Times Stadium as the young Caterpillars lost 1-0 at Lugogo during the final.
Onduparaka FC have previously lost their former captain Muhammed Shaban to KCCA.
This season, they are looking through the market to poach new players on board.
The Caterpillars have already signed striker Amis Muwonge from Dove Masindi and they will complete the signing of left footed winger Martin Sseruwagi, a free agent who has been attached to Nkumba University.