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Mukwala, Vipers fell out on personal terms

Striker Steven Mukwala fell out with Vipers after the latter refused to guarantee him first team football as one of the conditions for him to renew his contract.

Mukwala’s Vipers contract expired in June after his loan to Maroons ended and was widely expected to return and play for his parent club in the upcoming season.

But this was not to be the case as Mukwala, 21, and 12 others were announced by Vipers to have left the club.

Further reports at Vipers claim that Mukwala and his representative “Demanded Shs90m sign-on fee.”

“But even with Vipers, that was on the high end when you consider the Covid situation,” the source told Daily Monitor.

But Mukwala dismissed claims that he had asked for Shs90m sign-on fee.

“Actually,” explained Mukwala, “We didn’t even talk about any sign-on fee.

“The one demand we made was that I would play first team football. That’s it.”

Tushar Ruparelia is Mukwala’s official representative, but he is not the one who engaged Vipers.

“I don’t know anything about that and I’ve not met anyone on it,” said Ruparelia.

“But there is a certain lawyer who has been taking him around.

“He first took him to KCCA, where KCCA just laughed off their sign-on fee demand (Shs40m), and now I’m hearing he has taken him to URA. Our footballers never seem to learn.”

Vipers spokesperson Abdu Wasike did not want to divulge much.

”I’m not at liberty to discuss players and coaches contracts, be it officials,” said Wasike.

“But yes, negotiations with Steven Mukwala to renew his contract failed and the club agreed to part ways with the player.

“However, we thank him for his services and wish him all the best for future.”

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