Goalkeeper Joel "Vama" Mutakubwa

Management of Uganda Premier League entity Kyetume Football Club has indefinitely suspended two of their players; goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa and defender Julius Ntambi.

The suspension that takes immediate effect was confirmed by the club’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emmanuel Musinguzi.

This suspension will be used by the club management to investigate the circumstances that prevailed before, during and after Kyeytume’s embarrassing 4-2 away loss to newcomers Kitara at the Masindi Municipal Stadium.

In the afore-stated match, Kyetume completed the game with 9 men; following a straight red card to goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa in the 45th minute and Julius Ntambi’s decision to voluntarily walk off the field of play following a ‘knock” towards the closing stages of the game.

“As we investigate the circumstances in the Kitara vs Kyetume match, management decided that Mutakubwa and Ntambi get indefinite suspensions” Musinguzi disclosed.

Mutakubwa has been a talisman at the club with exceptional performance in matches and his form elevated him to the Uganda Cranes hierarchy as he featured at the CHAN finals in Cameroon and was part of the senior team preparations for AFCON 2021 qualifiers.

With his employment contract only months away from expiry, it is evident that he get offers from elsewhere.

Kyetume goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa

In his suspension epoch, Martin Othieno and former Buddu goalkeeper Emmanuel Derrick Were will fill the void.

Ntambi is a former player at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Express; but often, his name has been cited in alleged match fixing, accusations that remain uncertified thus far.

Julius Ntambi during the Express days (Photo: John Batanudde)

The Slaughters have had a very terrible patch this season with inconsistent results both home and away as the club further slips to the relegation docket.

For the better part of the season, the club has been dogged by administrative and technical hitches as well as player power struggles with an ugly scene where a player, Benon Tahomera attempted to beat the club CEO and chairman, Ruben Kaggwa Mubiru.

The technical wing remains unstable following a string of coaches who have served in head coach capacities as Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, Alex Isabirye and lately Jimmy Kintu, all working under the technical director-cum-manager Jackson “Mia-Mia” Mayanja.

The club’s elimination from the Stanbic Uganda Cup at the round of 32 stage will be envisaged by many neutralists as a blessing in disguise for it will enable them concentrate for the league survival.

Recently, Kyetume got a boost with the return to their traditional fortress (Nakisunga Ssaza ground) where they have so far won two matches; 1-0 against Busoga United on 20th April 2021 and the 3-2 victory over Wakiso Giants three days later.

There are 9 matches that remain before the climax of the 2020-21 season and every game for them definitely means a cup finale starting with the away contest against MYDA at the King George IV Memorial Stadium in Tororo.

Kyetume Football Club is proudly bankrolled by MelBet, Rose Foam, Lugas Petrol station, CHBS and the local community.

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

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