• Players boycott training
• Have not been paid over the last three months
• Don’t have contracts
MUKURA’s season has descended into further crisis following reports that players have gone three months without pay. This is living proof that the financial predicament that has engulfed local football clubs is on the rise.
On Monday, the club’s financial plight was cast into further doubt when players boycotted training complaining among other things not receiving salaries equivalent to three months, not signing contracts and some not getting their sign-on fees.
In a letter signed by 25 players, the players have vowed not to return to training before the club hierarchy sorts out their grievances.
Amid fears that the management is not able to meet the financial demands of the club, panic has reportedly set in among players who, according to reports, desperately need answers.
After managing only three wins in twelve league games this season, this situation is the last thing the club needs at a time when Mukura’s head coach Ali Bizimungu is doubtless trying to inspire his team’s confidence ahead of Tuesday’s crucial encounter at Amagaju.
However, Bizimungu yesterday told Times Sport that he is not any different from his players as he has gone the same period without pay.
“It is equally hard on me. In fact, I had to persuade the players to play Saturday’s game against AS Kigali. Although we went on to lose the game (1-0), it was important not to give away default points,” a crestfallen Bizimungu stressed.
Mukura’s interim president Fidele Gakuba acknowledges the players’ concerns and insists that the club’s executive committee is working very hard to sort of the issue before Saturday’s league game against Amagaju.
“We are doing everything to solve this problem and I’m sure we shall have everything under control by the end of the week.”
The club is currently rooted at the bottom of the league table with nine points.