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Star players Brian Majweja and Tony Odur are uncertain for their future after an insider at Kampala City Council Football Club admitted they were high profile victims of a training brawl with assistant coach Abdullah Mubiru.
The Uganda Cranes duo had been ordered to impress Mubiru in the club’s training session last week- and convince their team-mates they are up for dirty defensive work as well as shining in attack.
The duo on separate incidences instead powered profanities at the former Proline FC coach that led to their indefinite suspensions from the defending champions.
But sources within the club reveal that the players were chased away for openly rebuking Mubiru’s tactics after the 1-0 humiliation at the hands of newcomers Soana while the technical team’s game plan against the Masaka LC a fortnight back was the birth of fights in the team.
After being hugely impressive in the first half of the current campaign and the two CAF Champions league preliminary ties against Sudan’s El Merrieck and Zambia’s Nkana Red Devils the duo’s disciplinary errors and commitment issues in recent weeks have led to their bans according to club officials.
Odur’s two-year deal ends after this season and signed a pre-agreement with Sudanese giants Al Hillal worth Ug Shs500 million while Majwega’s personal plunge in form coinciding with transfer interest from a string of top Tanzanian League clubs.
Majwega’s cryptic remarks published by a local Luganda daily on Monday have now fuelled speculation that all is done and he will not play again for the champions.
KCCA Vice President Allan Ssewanyana confirmed in a brief statement to Red Pepper that Majwega would be away from the club for an undisclosed period of time due to “non compliance with the code of conduct set by the club” but denied reports that Odur was also suspended.
Asked if he expected Majwega was to be at Lugogo sooner, Ssewanyana replied: “I haven’t got a view on that.
“Its upon the technical team to decide when to pardon him but for Tony Odur atleast am sure he will even train on Thursday with his fellow players.
When Ssewanyana discussed Hassan Wasswa’s decision to sign a new deal with a Vietnamese club in January , his insistence that the club controlled the destiny of its players now reads like a coded message to his agitated stars.
“The one thing I’ve found about KCCA is that they decide what players go and when they want them to go” Ssewanyana said on Top Radio.
So if the players in question were seeking a way out, they have earned it in a quite different proposition than most expected.
Majwega’s recent dip in form comes at a time when he was accumulating Uganda Cranes caps in a whirlwind-mode starting several games for Micho Sredjevic since June 2013 while Odur was an established international but was later dropped due to competition.
KCCA players have demanded more of creative midfielder Tom Matsiko too following recent performances, including more tracking back and defending to go with his unquestioned attacking talent.
Matsiko, a son KCC legend Tom Matsiko who the club to numerous accolades in the early 1990s admitted the tension at Lugogo was real but but refused to bill his shortcoming in ability.
“Its true a lot is going on at the club but as you can understand there is a lot of pressure because we need to retain the league. I wasn’t feeling well so was not on the team for the Police game but me and Majwega are favourites in most media station’s eyes on disciplinary issues probably because we are playing for a formidable team in the league.
Coach George Nsimbe however denied a rift with his players and the Lugogo club’s disappointing displays against Soana and Police FC in the past week led to rumours that trio, who are top players, have failed to see eye-eye with the coaches on football issues and missed the two games.
After Tuesday’s slim 1-0 win over the cops Nsimbe said: “There is no problem with the manager; I don’t know where that came from. The relationship is good. Of course as players they tend to be indisciplined but that remains an internal issue as per now.
“Our focus now is on retaining the title,” he added.
But it has been Majwega’s demeanour which has perhaps been the most visible change and his comments to fellow players and confidents gave a voice to the sulking image.
Sulking and complaining ultimately earned players like Brian Omony his pass out of KCC, but it was transfer money’s call.
The league defending champions are currently in fourth place two points’ adrift leaders URA but with 3 games in hand as the FSL gets closer to its climax and Nsimbe knows they still have a chance to retain the trophy and return to the big stage of CAF Champions League football next season but is likely to find himself in difficulty with his three top players out.