KIGALI – Coach Mike Mutebi’s overhyped move to Rwandan side Kiyovu SC aborted, hours to its schedule, due to a number of factors, highly placed sources within both camps, revealed; but ‘appetite’ for money on the side of the employee, played a central role.
At source in Kigali that’s too close to Kiyovu, revealed that the Rwandan club had finalised and agreed to every demand coach Mutebi had tabled but the financial quotations attached to the requests were ‘humanly impractical.’
“True – coach Mike (Mutebi) is one of the best in the region at the moment but I believe he overrates himself in terms of (his) salary – considering the (East and Central African – football) market.
“Imagine he wanted a $10,000 salary per month, with an advance of six months paid before or immediately after signing; in addition to at Ugx15m to each of his seven – coaching assistants.
“He also wanted to come with his own medical team (three people) contracted at the same salary as the coaching staff; kit boys.
“So Kiyovu officials couldn’t afford that kind expenditure on coaching staff only because it would impact negatively onto their financial base,” disclosed our source.
Relatedly, a source close to coach Mutebi, dispatched almost similar details on Tuesday.
“When I contacted the coach (Mike Mutebi) to congratulate him upon securing a job in Kigali – he told me – that deal wasn’t through as yet; telling me he had a list of demands that had to be fulfilled before he travelled to sign; sort of which he wouldn’t,” said Mutebi’ confidant, who claimed that tactician was on the radar of three other clubs in the east African region.
“Mutebi is not an ordinary good that you can simply walk into a supermarket at buy, anytime of the day – one has to go through a thorough negotiating process.
“Already, I can reliably confirm that Tanzanians – Azam FC; Gor Mahia and Vipers SC are trying to lure him onto their sides. So, there no fuss when the Kigali move fails,” added the source.
The Former KCCA FC tactician was due to replace coach Olivier Karekezi – whom Kiyovu authorities had relieved from the role on Sunday after he reportedly flouted Covid-19 SOPs – a move analysts concluded was only aimed at clearing space for arrival of Mutebi at the Mumena based side.
The Ugandan, who had reportedly taken Covid-19 tests on Monday, was due to be introduced this week, but the latest from Kigali indicate that Rwandan side is likely to settle for Etienne Ndayiragije.