Maroons FC have suspended four players and five club officials for a period of six months, this website has learnt.
According to a reliable source, the individuals were suspended on advice of head coach Charles Ayiekho who claims they are all working to ensure that the club does not progress.
“Nine individuals including four players were suspended by the club after Ayiekho (Charles) advised the board to do so. He (Ayiekho) says they are working against him so as to ensure he fails and someone else come in.” The source narrated to SportsNation.
The players in question are all seniors at the club having spent a while donning the famous Maroons shirt. They include Eddy Kapampa, Emmanuel Akol, Solomon Walusimbi and Silvester Okello.
These players are said to consistently fake injuries so as not to feature in games and when they do, their output on the pitch leaves a lot to be desired.
It is also understood that the others that have been asked to step aside include long-serving Goalkeeping Coach Tezigwa Rodgers, Steven Ekidu the Junior Team Coach, Kitsman-Justin Akol, Team Doctor Lillian Nansikombi and Deputy CEO Allan Anguyo.
The Nine are believed to be working around the clock to ensure Ayiekho and his team fail so as former coach Asaph Mwebaze returns to the helm.
“Asaph (Mwebaze) has consistently been coming to Luzira and speaking to individuals in a move that clearly shows he is cooking something. He at one point, before a match, came into the dressing room and spoke to the players, something that was so unprofessional and destabilize the entire team.” The source also revealed.
Mwebaze has been out of the coaching business since parting ways with Nyamityobora FC in February 2019.
He moved to the United States for a while, only returning towards the end of last year.
The latest issues at Maroons come at a time when the club that was highly tipped to make an instant return to the Uganda Premier League is struggling at the wrong end of their Big League Group.
Maroons have gone six competitive matches without victory including two losses to KCCA FC that saw them eliminated from the Uganda Cup.
As a consequence, the Prisons side now sits bottom of the Elgon group with just seven points from as many games.
Speaking to Ayiekho about the matter, he denied that there are individuals at Maroons that have been suspended.
“What you are telling me is news to my ears. I did not suspend anyone and if I did, I would be telling you that I suspended them for such and such a reason. May be someone suspended them at the club and signed a letter of suspension but I for one, I have not signed any suspension letter.”
Maroons are preparing for the start of the Big League second round and will need to win five or more of their remaining seven games so as to stand any chance of attaining promotion back to the Uganda Premier League at the end of the season.