It’s hard to ascertain what could be going on inside the head of former Express FC custodian Mathias Muwanga.
It’s perhaps equivalent to being stood up on a dream date. Wake up full of nervous expectancy, impossible to think about anything else all day, then wretched waiting before the bleak realisation that nothing special is going to happen.
That’s the case that is unfolding after goalie Muwanga turned down a contract extension offer from the Red Eagles with hopes that the Congolese side AS Vita were to snap him away as a free agent.
Muwanga, the 2020-21 UPL golden glove winner had his heart set to dump Wakulukuku despite insistences from Red Eagles top brass to prolong his aquittances.
Following three seasons of devoted service at Wakulukuku culminating into an elusive league title, the goalkeeper was taken in high regard at the club and a reward of an improved contract was on the table.
But the player had other ideas. He was hell-bent on leaving Wakulukuku and after realizing that they couldn’t change his mind, the club conceded defeat and let go of the player.
Five weeks down the road and the furore that surrounded his future still lingers. The goalie is yet to join AS Vita like it was stated and can’t find suitors. A brief laughter in a grim landscape.
“They ( AS Vita) were giving us less than what we wanted. We pulled out of the negotiations,” Muwanga told SportsNation in an interview when quizzed on why the deal fell through.
It’s alleged that the arrival of Joel Mutakubwa also gave Muwanga food for thought. Coach Wasswa Bbosa is believed to have pushed so hard for the signing of Mutakubwa having worked together at Tooro United, and it was logical that Muwanga’s playing time was under threat.
The former URA FC Goalie however, says intentions to leave Wakulukuku were in the hoffing. “I and my representatives had already decided that we had to look for a new club,” he adds.
The hierarchy at Express FC who were perhaps quietly glad to see the back of him after all his efforts to leave might just be having the last laugh.
Muwanga’s replacement Joel Mutakubwa might be at the same wavelength or even better than Muwanga. The former Kyetume FC goalKeeper has already won the club the CECAFA Club Championships trophy.
Coach Wasswa Bbosa is said to have had no bad blood towards Muwanga but the avialibility of his former trusted disciple in Mutakubwa was a daunting offer to turn down.
With Bbosa’s reputation to work with ” his trusted men” well documented, Mutakubwa was a no brainier.
Allegations were rife that Muwanga pleaded with Express FC for a second chance after realizing that the the AS Vita deal had fallen through. When quizzed on the matter, he sounded equavocal. “No, that didn’t happen”, Muwanga stammered.
The goalkeeper still remains a free agent with no suitors linked to him.