By Stephen M Gonzaga
Mbarara based football club Nyamityobora FC is currently facing a financial crisis ahead of the start of the StartTimes Uganda Big League(SUBL).
Also known as “Abanyakare” the club
On a sad and disappointing note, the club has no player in the training camp due to lack of funds to finance the training sessions. It should also be noted that the SUBL is expected to kickoff on the 12th November 2021 with an opening game against Proline FC.
For the recent years the community and a few stake holders like Engineer Ben Missaga and Mr Ssekatawa were taking care of the club but for now they all seem to be silent about this issue.
In an interview with the Ankole Times, the acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nyamityobora FC Easy Man Adams disclosed that the team is looking for a funder to take care of the club.
“We are looking for an investor to eject money in our club, we shall sign a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) so that both parties can mutually benefit from the deal,” Adams revealed.
Key points in the agreement are that the club must maintain its name, slogan and home ground in Mbarara City. In addition the club must maintain the Blue color jersey for the home games and the Orange jersey for the away games. As a norm, the MOU shall require the team to maintain a minimum number of four(4) players from the Western Region on the starting squad. This is so to motivate and promote the sport in the region.
In preparation for the SUBL, the struggling club has managed to license all the players and registered the Kakyeka stadium as their home ground.
“We shall be hosting our home games at Kakyeka as we upgrade our ground in Nyamityobora,” The club PRO disclosed.
He also added that the Mbarara district leadership allowed the club to use the stadium in the meantime. Kakyeka is also a home ground for Mbarara City Football club who are currently playing in Uganda’s top flight (StarTimes Uganda Premier League).
In the previous season the club lost to Gaddafi FC in the qualifiers game to the top flight as a number of players tested positive for Covid-19. However the clubs skipper Kamugisha Clinton was the Top scorer of Uganda’s second division league.
“I call upon the people of Western Uganda to love and support our local teams. The more teams we have in the top leagues the more business the local community gets.”
Started in the 1907, The “Abanyakare” is the oldest football club in Western Uganda with a huge funbase that has shied away from the club because of its poor performance.
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