Abdul Samadu Musafiri was shown the exit door at MYDA Football Club Credit: John Batanudde

Management of Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) eventually succumbed to the fans’ demands and pressure to relieve their head coach Abdul Samadu Musafiri of his duties.

Musafiri, a CAF “B” licensed tactician has been head coach of the Uganda Premier League newcomers since the FUFA Big League days.

Musafiri has however clarified on the circumstances that led to his sacking, including salary arrears of 2 years accruing to as much as Shs. 42,000,000.

I kindly requested the management to hand over the termination of contract letter after angry fans nearly burnt me up and hurled insults towards me when we lost the home game to Sports Club Villa 2-1. It has been long over due as I have never been paid since I handled the club in the FUFA Big League. I demand close to Shs 42,000,000. I have lived on bail-outs of as little as 100,000 per month vis-à-vis my monthly salary scale. I leave MYDA with my knowledge that I will apply elsewhere for the development of football. If they see that I did something tangible, let them pay me.

Abdul Samadu Musafiri, former MYDA FC Head Coach
Abdul Samadu Musafiri

Generous hand:

Musafiri has also indicated that at most times, he bailed out the team at trying times when they needed lunch and boots.

“At many instances, we had hard times and I could personally dig down my own pockets to bail out the team with lunch and purchase of the players’ equipment as boots” he added.

The club Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mika distances himself from the coach’s claims because of the confidentiality clauses embedded in his employment contract.

“Concerning that very matter, I can not comment anything because personally, I did not know what his contract said and besides, there were confidential clauses attached” Mika disclosed.

Musafiri becomes yet another casualty in this very season after the sacking of Brian Ssenyondo (Mbarara City), Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (Kyetume) and lately Mike Hilary Mutebi (Kampala Capital City Authority).

The journey to find a successor to Musafiri at MYDA is currently being undertaken as the club prepares for the final bend of the 2020-21 Uganda Premier League as well as the FUFA Big League.

The Malaba based club has managed just a single win in 16 matches which keeps them engulfed in the relegation zone.

MYDA travels to Kampala to face Proline during the round of 32 in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32 at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Tuesday, 6th April 2021.

The return leg will be played at the King George IV Memorial Stadium on Friday, 9th April 2021.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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