URA FC CEO Henry Mayeku has lifted lid on the protracted contract negotiations with head coach Sam Ssimbwa.
Ssimbwa ran out his contract with the Taxmen following a league season that saw the finish second ,but both parties have failed to agree on the new deal.
The gaffer has reportedly asked for a pay increase but Mayeku has stated the final decision about his future will be decided by the board.
“I want to make this clear that there is no saga between URA FC and the head Coach Sam Simbwa,” Mayeku stated during a club’s PlugShow.
“I my self had a chat with the head coach last week, we met, discussed but did not talk about his contract because the engagement is the responsibility of the board. I guide and advise the board on the coach who should come and I do this basing on our strategy that is made for the coming season.
“Our desire is to keep a coach who can push us for years. The board makes the decision. Head coach and the club are in talks that is why you have not seen him anywhere talking to different media platforms.”
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URA FC’s run to the 2020/21 league triumph was cut short by FUFA’s decision to end the league due to Covid19.
With the Tax Collectors just a point behind eventual champions Express FC, the Federation went on to end the season and award the league title to the Red Eagles.
Mayeku commented: “It’s so unfortunate that we had to go through this situation. The objective of any competition is to play up to the end of a season. Really when we were starting the season, our target was at least to take a trophy and because of the Covid situation, this has not come to pass.”
“We appreciate the challenges which the Federation faced to come up with such a decision but for us as a club we were not so contented but had to take it because football must move on. We stand with Fufa, it was for the good of the game.”
Consequently, FUFA awarded URA FC a slot at next season’s CAF Confederation Cup, a secondary club competition on the continent.
Mayeku assured club fans that they will represent splendidly before adding: “Participating on the continent gives us a lot of opportunities and we are looking at giving a very good account on the continent.”
“We have been there before, we know what it takes, we know the challenges ahead of us and all our preparations are geared towards giving a good show. This is the accountability we need to give to our fans.”
The club recently confirmed exit of left back cum winger Brian Majwega who was a vital cog in the club’s excellent campaign last season.
Mayeku said that Majwega is a “magnificent” and “outstanding” player but his exit will open doors for other youngsters at the club.
On his departure, he explained: “Majwega made a decision to take his career to another dimension and we have supported him all the way and encouraged him to and excel.”
“His departure will give chance to other young players like Alex Akankwasa who hasn’t got enough time. As a club we want to offer chance to other young lads.”
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The Club recently confirmed the signing of youngster Simon Baligeya while Julius Mutyaba had his contract extended.
Goalkeeper James Alitho has reportedly rejoined the club while Derrick Ndahiro, Living Kabon and Geoffrey Wasswa are the other new additions per sources.
“The process of recruitment and engagement is ongoing,” Mayeku stated.
“The scouting team is busy on ground. As we talk now, we have been in talks with those players who were scouted and when the signings are done, I am sure the PRO (Patrick Ochieng) will unveil them.”