At least 10 key players have resigned from the cash strapped Masaka Local Council Football Club.
The club head coach James Kisekka has confirmed the departure of 10 key players including their first choice goal keeper.
Some of the ten players include the goal keeper Tito Kantongole, Vianney Ssekajugo, Issa Lumu, and Rashid Engule. Others are Ashaddu Bugembe and Herman Wasswa.
Kisekka says the players who have not yet resigned are reluctant to sign new contracts until the club pays them.
Kisekka says the club needs at least 40 million shillings to clear the salaries of the players before all of them quit as the new league kicks off.
Bull Jjumba, the club doctor, says the club is now unable to buy medicines for the remaining players due to lack of money.
He says although they are supposed to have at least 18 players during any game, they now have 13 players. He says this means they do not have substitutes.
Jjumba says they tried to contact Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman and their club chairperson, for some money but he told them there was no money.
MP Vincent Ssempijja, the Club Patron says he plans to give the club some money to clear outstanding salary arrears very soon.
He believes that since Masaka District Council has failed to sponsor the club, they should no longer be associated with it.
He suggests the club’s name should be changed to Masaka Sports Club.
Joseph Kalungi, the Club Chairman says the council is yet to approve funds for the club to pay salaries. He said he would meet the club and management and players to see how to resolve the financial crisis.
On Tuesday, Masaka Local Council FC lost their opening match 2-0 to Vipers at Masaka Recreation Ground sparking off fear of the club’s inability to complete the new league season.