Onduparaka Football Club’s absence from their scheduled Uganda Cup round of 64 match against Kyambura Rasters FC on Wednesday in Rubirizi has raised eyebrows, shedding light on deeper issues within the team.
Godfrey Drabe, Head of Communication Marketing and PR at Onduparaka, confirmed to The-SportsNation that the club had requested a fixture postponement due to transportation challenges and their inability to organize the team for a week.
However, the request was promptly denied by FUFA, stating that the reasons provided did not warrant rescheduling, and the match would proceed as originally planned.
The club’s troubles rotate around logistics, as reports suggest that Onduparaka has not resumed training since their last FUFA Big League game – a goalless draw against Police on December 28 in Arua.
Suso Odumuodu, a journalist from West Nile, reported that after the Police game, players left the camp disgruntled, receiving only Sh25000.
This led to a player-initiated strike, with demands for overdue remunerations and a significant number expressing reluctance to return to the club.
Adding to the players’ grievances, Suso claims that there has been a notable lack of communication from the management since the Police match, leaving the squad in uncertainty about their future in the current season.
As Kyambura Rasters FC advances to the Round of 32 by default, Onduparaka faces not only sporting challenges but also a potential crisis that could impact the club’s standing and reputation in Ugandan football.
The Caterpillars, relegated from Uganda Premier League last season, finished the first round of the FUFA Big League in ninth with 17 points, 10 points adrift of promotion places.
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