Police FC Chairman AIGP Asan Kasingye has opened up on recent reports that linked club coach Abdallah Mubiru away from team.
Mubiru was strongly linked to Vipers, SC Villa and some upcountry Clubs in the Uganda Premier League.
The gaffer wanted to force a move away from the club citing unfavourable working conditions highlighted by unpaid arrears.
In an interview with Sanyuka TV, Kasingye looked shocked with the revelations but said that he held talks with Abdallah.
“Last Saturday with my CEO Fahad Lumu as well as our former player Derrick Kakooza, we had time to talk about issues concerning the club at my home,” Kasingye said.
“This is like marriage, there might be some issues not going on well, but it doesn’t mean ending the marriage. So we shall sort out the small issues.
“We come a long way with Abdallah Mubiru, he knows it well. We even spent some seasons without money but he stayed and he has done a great job. His style of play, discipline amongst players, calmness as I have been saying I don’t see any other coach who is on the same level with him.”
Police FC has not been heavily involved in the concluded transfer window, signing a couple of unknowns.
Kasingye added: “And about the players, Abdallah gave me an advice; ‘since we are in Covid times and we don’t have money, we should not spend much on new signings since it has a lot of costs like sign on fees.’ He told me he is going to recruit his own players and make them better players. So he believes in building not buying these already built players.”
“We have signed some players and also renewed contracts of Tonny Kiwalazi, Fahad Kizito, Samuel Kayongo and Timothy Oyamo”
The club has lost goalkeeper Derrick Ochan, Striker Derrick Kakooza, Denis Rukundo, Henry Kisekka, Henry Katongole among others.
They have added Juma Balinya who returns at the club after ending his spell at KCCA FC, Eddy Kapampa from Maroons, Arafat Kakonge from Maroons, Abdul Kimera from BUL and Shafic Avemah from Elmah FC of Somalia.
Other new signings include; Timothy Muwanguzi (Old Kampala SS), Ismail Kyambadde (Luwero United), Paul Wasswa (Lugazi Municipal), Isaac Kiberu (Edgars), Bernard Kateregga (Buwambo United), Diego Semugera (Lugazi Municipal), John Kitanda (Najja B).
After being branded as one of the title contenders, Police FC finished 6th with 40 points last season.
Kasingye commented: “We were title contenders. I remember even Coach Sam Simbwa (then at URA) saying they are title contenders with Police FC. We played some good football but we registered some bad results along the way.”
“Our chances started going down due to decisions made on the pitch. But let me hope, the football governing body will sort out these issues to see that we can play football. Even though Police is playing poorly but as long as there is fairness, there won’t be any problem.
“I promise all football fans, stakeholders, that Police FC founded in 1995, we are to add in more and we expect some sports equipment to come in any time.”