MYDA FC, recently relegated from Uganda Premier League, has been put on market, The-SportsNation can exclusively report.
The Club President John Rubamburamuzi says the club has faced financial uncertainty and has gone ahead to blame division among fans as their biggest undoing.
He says that tribal conflicts between Japadhola and Itesots have created divisions at the club.
“Its true, we are selling MYDA FC,” Rubamburamazi has told The-SportsNation.
“The fans in the region do not support the club, there is a lot of segregation here. You see, we are at the border in Malaba, this is Tororo district.
“Most people here are Itesots, though the people say that the district is for Badama. They claim that the club is for Itesots. But this club is for the whole distrcit, its for the whole region. Its for everyone. Last season, this has been the only club in Top flight in the region.”
Rubamburamazi stated that Tribalism has hampered the club’s search for a sponsor.
“Tribalism. That is where we got a problem. Getting sponsorship has been difficult, Badama claim that the team is for Itesot so they cannot give us anything.”
He states that they did not want “to pull ropes” and so they have decided to hand the club to any willing individual or group who can take the club forward.
MYDA FC were relegated from the Uganda Premier League in their first season in top flight after ending the campaign second from the bottom with 14 points.
The shareholders of MYDA FC met this month at club offices in Malaba to discuss mainly the future of the team, as earlier reported by The-SportsNation.
Many clubs outside the Uganda Premier League face financial uncertainty due to the recent Covid19 among others.
Rubamburamazi adds: “We did not start this team to make money, we wanted to grow the talent in the region.”
In 2007, a body named Malaba Youth Development Association, was founded at Malaba as a clearing agency for vehicles and other goods across the border.
The following year, members of the clearing agents spearheaded by Rubamburamazi, Yego Habibu and a couple of others decided to form a football team which was later named MYDA FC.
MYDA FC earned top flight promotion on May 20th 2020 but the club struggled through the campaign before a 6-1 loss to BUL FC put them out of their misery.
Rubamburamazi says that the club’s price tag is Sh300m, adding that “we have good players who can still lead this team back to Uganda Premier League.”
MYDA FC Timeline In Uganda Premier League
May 20th 2020 – FUFA ends the Big League due to Covid19, MYDA on top of the Elgon group with 21 points earn direct promotion to Uganda Premier League
July 9 2020 – Club announces first signing, former Express midfielder Isaac Doka, in preparation for top flight football
July 16 2020 – Club officials stranded after FUFA Club Pro Agenda officials fail to make it to Malaba
July 27 2020 – Finally taken through Club Pro Agenda at FUFA house in Mengo
Dec 7 2020 – Registers two positive cases ahead of league opener
Dec 8 2020 – Plays first league game, lose 1-3 to Police at home (King George IV in Tororo)
Feb 5 2021 – Signs former KCCA FC player Paul Musamali
Feb 6 2021 – Registers biggest loss, 7-0 against Vipers at Kitende.
March 2 2021 – Arrives 30 minutes late for league game against Wakiso Giants at Kabaka Kyabaggu, squander 2-0 lead to draw 2-2
March 9 2021 – Lose 1-0 to Busoga United, their 10th loss of the UPL season
March 18 2021 – Beat Kyetume FC 1-0 (goal by Musamali Paul) to register their first win of the season
April 5 2021 – Sack head coach Musafiri Abdu Samadu
April 9 2021 – Knocked out of Uganda Cup by Proline
April 17 2021 – Concede their 50th goal in a 3-0 loss to Bright Stars. Goal was scored by Joseph Janjali (to make it 2-0) in a game Musamali was sent off.
April 20 2021 – Beat Onduparaka 3-2 in Arua, their second win of the season
May 14 2021 – Beat Busoga United 3-0 in Tororo, their 3rd win
June 15 2021 – Beaten 6-1 at home to BUL, a game that confirmed their relegation back to Big League. Their 19th loss of the campaign! Last game before league halted by Covid19.