Barely 48 hours after he was Indefinitely suspended from the club, Kyetume FC goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa has come out with strong allegations claiming that his employers have always been involved match-fixing.
The shot stopper was Indefinitely suspended from the club, alongside defender Julius Ntambi on Wednesday, for behaving in an ‘unprofessional manner’ in the 4-2 loss away to Kitara FC on Tuesday, April 27.
Speaking in an audio that was upload to the Football 256 website, Mutakubwa claims he was shocked to learn through various on-line media publications that he was suspended for match-fixing.
“All i can tell you is that it was yesterday that i received a PDF File on my e-mail, from the CEO consisting of a letter which confirmed my indefinite suspension from the club for my unprofessional behaviour like they stated in the press release. Mutakubwa is heard saying in the audio.
“However, when i woke up in the morning, i read in several on-line publications that i was suspended over match-fixing allegations, something that shocked me.
“I called David Isabirye (writer at Kawowo Sports) and told him that in the letter, they (Kyetume FC) had told me something else but i had read he (Isabirye) had written match-fixing allegations, he told me that it is the club CEO that had told him about the match-fixing and when he called coach Jackson Mayanja to confirm, he also told him that we (Mutakubwa and Ntambi) had been set aside because we bet games, something they had done without producing evidence and are just tarnishing our names.”
In the said game, Mutakubwa was sent off at the stroke of halftime for retaliation, something the club went ahead and questioned before concluding that he might have been involved in match-fixing.
Speaking about the incident, the Uganda Cranes custodian says it is something that happens on a normal basis in football and everyone can get sent off.
“Everyone one gets a red card and it came about because of my retaliation.
“Everyone gets angry in a game and they do something that they also couldn’t have expected to do but they are now claiming that because of the sending off that came about due to a retaliation, that it was all planned and i executed match-fixing.”
There have been several allegations that the Mukono based side has been involved in match-fixing in the past but no proof has ever surfaced to pin them.
However, Mutakubwa has now confirmed that the club officials are indeed involved in the practice, sighting their 7-1 loss to Onduparaka on November 11-2019, as one of the games in which dis-heartening vice executed.
“You know their minds are pivoting at that because they had already done it last season and Sowedi (Salim) is my witness because he has a recording of the club chairman (Ruben Mubiru) calling him when they were in the match-fixing business and he can attest to that.
“They did it in the game against Onduparaka and also in other games so they now think that when someone makes a mistake, yet mistakes are human, someone should have fixed the match.
“I have struggled a lot to reach where i am and i can not just let those allegations tarnish my name without saying something about them (allegations) so I want the club to release evidence pinning me that i fixed the Kitara game like they are claiming.
Kyetume is yet to react to Mutakubwa’s strong allegations but this, a situation that puts Ugandan football in disrepute, will surely not go unattended to by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).