Vipers SC coach Fred Kajoba has rubbished talk that striker Steven Mukwala could be on his way out to rivals and title challengers KCCA.
The 20-year-old, who joined the three-time league champions as a teenager in the 2017/18 season but failed to break into regular first team football, has been a revelation at Maroons, where he is on loan.
He is currently leading the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) scoring charts with 13 goals, one ahead of Vipers mate Fahad Bayo and Police’s Ben Ocen.
His form has attracted Cranes coach Johnny McKinstry, who summoned him for Chan preparations, and now also has KCCA reportedly monitoring the situation.
This has forced Vipers quickly dismiss the speculation. “No way. He is definitely coming back,” coach Kajoba told Daily Monitor, “There is no coach who would let a goal scorer go, and more to your direct rivals. No.
“That is equivalent to giving your rivals free points. I know Mukwala, I’ve worked with him at the national team, and he is scoring goals at Maroons.
“He is definitely coming back at the end of the season and we are very happy with how his loan at Maroons has gone. So, anyone who thinks he will move, forget.”
Despite Mukwala’s goals, Maroons are in relegation zone on 24 points with five games to go. The striker’s goals account for half of the club’s total.
Vipers currently top standings at 54 points, four ahead of defending champions KCCA with five matches left.
The league remains on a lockdown up to at least May 5, when President Museveni is expected to address the nation on the next course of action regarding relaxing Covid-19 precautionary measures.