Express players refuse to leave Darfur over pay

Express Coach Sam Simbwa who finally showed up in Darfur

CECAFA Secretary General-Nicholas Musonye
CECAFA Secretary General-Nicholas Musonye

Disgruntled Express FC players staged a mini strike today refusing to leave northern Darfur if their leaders failed to provide them with cash after elimination from the on-going Cecafa Kagame Club Championship in Sudan.

Caretaker Coach Sam Ssimbwa sounded surprised while talking to our reporter  about his players.
Team Captain Willy Kavuma later revealed that the team left Kampala without any allowances. He said players have gone over four months without pay.

Later the Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye intervened and spoke to the players and officials at the Hotel. He described the club as unserious for sending players to Sudan without money.

Musonye said that the Governor of North Darfur Province, Osman Yousif Kibi, has offered the players 5,000 Sudanese Pounds or the players to get some assistance. The Express team was scheduled to leave Darfur for Khartoum at 5.10 on a Tarco Airlines flight.

The team was yesterday lost to Rwanda’s APR FC 2-0 in the first quarter final of the tournament. The winning team will pocket US$30,000, while the runner-up takes US$20,000 and the third placed team US$10,000.

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