The FUFA players’ status committee has today issued a statement in relation to Onduparaka FC player Muhammad Shaban whose fate was uncertain after breaking ties with the West Nile team.
On Tuesday, the club coach Leo Adraa said the nineteen-year-old player had absconded from the team without permission despite and has not trained with the since the start of the season despite having a running contract.
“It is only FUFA to clear that he is not our player but as far as I am concerned, Shaban is still an Onduparaka player. Here is his playing licence with us,”Adraa told journalists at Lugogo.FUFA has however ruled that the player is now free to leave the West Nile side despite having two years on his three-year contract signed last year.
“Muhammad Shaban is provisionally released from the contract executed on the 2nd of August 2016 with Onduparaka FC,” reads in part, the ruling by the FUFA players’ status committee.
“He is granted a licence to play for any club.”FUFA says that despite signing a three years contract with the Caterpillars, Shaban wrote to them expressing grievances on his side from the club that could not allow him continue honouring the rest of the contract.
The ruling also cites his family’s private issues and academic matters as issues rendering the player incapable of continuing with the West Nile team despite having signed a three years contract.
It was indicated that Onduparaka was willing to pay the player’s salary despite him refusing to play for them.
“Onduparaka is however entitled to a fair compensation from the player or any club of the player’s choice that wishes to engage him.”
Unveiled at KCCA FC
Muhammad Shaban was later on Thursday unveiled by the defending champions, Kampala Capital City Authority at their home ground in Lugogo after signing a three years deal with the club.
“We are privileged to have three very good center forwards in Derrick Nsibambi, Tito Okello and now Muhammad Shaban,” KCCA FC tactician Mike Mutebi said during the unveiling ceremony.Speaking about Shaban recently, Mutebi said the player would be a good addition to the team by bringing competition to the strikers.
Muhammad Shaban came to limelight last year by helping Onduparaka finish fifth in the Azam Uganda Premier League courtesy of 13 goals that saw his become second top scorer behind Geoffrey Sserunkuuma.
He was later voted FUFA player of the year beating Cranes and Mamelodi Sundowns’ shot stopper Dennis Onyango in the highly contested awards.He would later get his national team debut before being part of the Cranes team that travelled to African Nations Cup finals in Gabon in January.
CREDIT: NILE POST