The top leadership of the APR Football Club has investigated alleged misconduct of senior technical officials, including head coach and acting assistant, following the team’s dismal performance at the just-concluded East African Community military games in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The development was confirmed yesterday by APR chairman Brig. Gen. Alex Kagame, who however denied that the alleged row between Andreas Spier and the goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha (who stood in as assistant coach during the August 5-17 tournament) had caused disunity in the team.
Sources say disagreements between the two men escalated when they openly exchanged words on the touchline during the APR-Ulinzi game which the Kenyan military side eventually won 4-1.
APR also lost to eventual runners-up Prisons of Tanzania, finishing the games in third, only ahead of Uganda’s and Burundi’s representatives.
“After assessing the issue very carefully and talking to everyone concerned, we are going to take disciplinary measures against whoever caused or fueled what happened in Nairobi; however, I can assure you that there is no rift within the team,” Gen. Kagame told Times Sport.
It is alleged that Spier ignored advice from his Ugandan assistant, something that rubbed the latter the wrong way.
However, Mugisha declined to comment when contacted yesterday, referring The New Times to the club’s top leadership. Efforts to speak to Spier were also futile as he did not return our repeated calls.