By: David Gombe
Most premier league clubs are preparing for the new season of 2017/2018 Azam Uganda premier league but to Bright stars, the story is different, the camp is disgruntled after the club’s failure to clear up their salary arreas for close to 14 months.
According to players whose identity has been hidden for obvious reasons say they are in arrears of 13 to 14 months.
“Some of us are in arrears of 13 to 14 months. We held a meeting with the club officials yesterday and they promised to pay salaries for only two months out of the 14 months the club owes us. After clearing those two months they are willing to start afresh starting from August.”
Last week however, Bright Stars head coach Fred Kajoba confirmed to www.Swift sportsUg.com that,
“Before we start training all players plus the technical staff shall have received all their payments owed to the club”.
When we approached the Club CEO Mathias Mugwanya about this situation, he said
“Stories concerning lack of payments at Bright Stars were written on various media platforms during the whole of last season. Today almost every player has appeared for training at the club and if it’s rightly alleged that case they haven’t been paid for all those months i doubt whether they could appear for training until today”.
“The players we currently have are settled and committed, those whose contracts had run out were shown the exit and those who preferred out were released, we are currently under negotiations to acquire more players.”
“I cannot deny the fact that players have salary and wage arrears because August has just started and so it’s the only month that they are not paid, but other months were sorted out.”
Bright Stars preparations ahead of the new season are underway and they will be training at Luzira Play ground, they later will be returning to their home ground Mwererwe two days to match days.
Fred Kajoba’s side finished 9th on the 2016/17 season log and they will be looking forward to better that in the new season.