Match-fixing Costing Us – Tooro United Muhammad Kisseka
Tooro United head coach Muhammad Kisekka has put his team’s poor performance on the alleged match-fixing from his players.
The angry Kisekka made the strong remarks in the wake of his team’s 1-0 loss to SC Villa on Saturday in a league game played in Fort Portal.
The Jogoos beat Tooro United, courtesy of Faisal Muwawu’s goal, to complete a league double over the embattled side.
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With less than five minutes to the kickoff, coach Kisekka made two changes to the already out squad with Issa Mubiru and goalkeeper Crispus Kusiima scratched off the starting lineup!
James Kasibante and Michael Nantamu (goalkeeper) were quickly fixed into the starting team, something the coach described a ‘precautionary’ measure.
“We are not winning not because we have a bad squad, we have good players” Kisekka told this website in a post match press conference.
“For any professional coach you can’t change your first team with minutes to kickoff but rumors of betting we had to do so.”
“We have a number of challenges with us and one of them is match fixing.
“I can give you a reference of many games we lost, even today we conceded a stupid goal but as a coach I have no control about that.”
When we asked him to mention players that indulge in the match-fixing process, Kisekka didn’t mention any.
“It (Match-Fixing) is happening, that’s the fact and I can’t deny it and whenever I get information about it prior to the game, we end up conceding stupid goals.”
“This is like the third time we are getting information about this and we end up conceding in the first minutes.”
This, is the latest of tragedies that have hit Tooro United who have had three coaches this season. The former Soana FC team, saw its senior players run to FUFA for help due to unpaid arrears at the start of the second round. The club’s ownership remains in shade as well.
After 25 league games, Tooro remain rock bottom with 22 points.
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Speaking about the result, Kisekka added:
“Of course its not a good result leaving us in misery as a team and as a coach. The fact is we are playing a good game but lack mental toughness and have a bad fighting spirit.
“In the last games of the league we have to work on our players mental toughness because its the only problem disturbing them.”
Tooro United will face Mbarara City FC at Kakyeka when the league returns in May.