Abu Mubarak Wamboya

West Nile region-based Uganda Premier League entity Onduparaka Football Club has suffered a setback towards the final bend of the 2020-21 season with the resignation of their coach Abu Mubarak Wamboya.

The CAF “C” licensed tactician tendered in his resignation notice on Tuesday, 27 April 2021 citing unpalatable working conditions.

“I have written my resignation letter from Onduparaka Football Club and handed it over to the management. The work conditions are tough and rough even after persisting for a very long time,” Wamboya disclosed to Kawowo Sports.

This development comes days after the Caterpillars lost 1-0 to KCCA at the Green Light Stadium, courtesy of Sadat Anaku’s beautiful strike inside the goal area.

Wamboya had joined Onduparaka as a free agent in August 2020 after earlier service at his native club; Kiboga Young (now re-branded to Mbale Heroes).

He went to Arua as an assistant to then head coach Vialli Bianomugisha who absconded from duties because of accumulated salary arrears and alleged uncleared sign-on fees.

Abu Mubarak Wamboya in the dug out at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium during his epoch at Vipers Sports Club

For a long time when Bainomugisha was absent, Wamboya took over the club mantle as interim head coach, often working under the shadow of his former boss until the club brought former Uganda Cranes international Joseph Harold Mutyaba.

Mutyaba came along with his own assistant Louis Kizito although Wamboya remained on duty until his resignation.

Kawowo Sports has established that Wamboya resigned because of pending salary arrears and internal bickering within the technical hierarchy.

“I believe I have served the club to the best of my abilities. I can not carry on anymore. I have arrears that I still demand and FUFA is already notified as well,” a bitter Wamboya cried.

After retiring from active football as a king-pin defender at CRO, Wamboya had brief coaching spells at Edgars Youth Academy, Kibuli United (2015-2017), Bugisu Province FUFA Drum Team (2017), Vipers Sports Club (2018), and recently Kiboga Young FC (2019-2020).

At Vipers Sports Club, Wamboya also formerly worked under Mexican Javier Martinez Espinoza, someone he credits to have learnt a lot of technical planning tasks.

He leaves Onduparaka on the eve of a Uganda Premier League match of matchday 21 away to Express at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku stadium set for Wednesday, 28th April 2021.

Joseph Mutyaba and Louis Figo Kizito are at the helm of Onduparaka Football Club technical department

Mutyaba remains head coach working with Kizito, Ibrahim Kongo (goalkeeping coach), and Morris Adiga.

Onduparaka has 24 points from 20 matches played thus far.

Express Vs Onduparaka (Wednesday, 28th April 2021) – Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium:

  • Center Referee: Siraji Mpyangu
  • Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuel Okudra
  • Assistant Referee 2: Okello Lee
  • Fourth Official: Robert Donney
  • Referee Assessor: Ali Tomusange

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

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