Ondu’s Shaban wants out

Reports from Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) club, Onduparaka, suggest that their marksman Muhammad Shaban wants to move before closure of transfer business next Thursday.

This is after the striker reportedly handed in a transfer request at the Arua-based club. Since the end of last season, Shaban has been involved in several spats with the club.

On one of those weird public moments, the striker was pictured with KCCA officials including former chairman Julius Kabugo and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago hours before KCCA defeated Paidha 2-0 to lift last season’s Uganda Cup.

Onduparaka consequently demanded an apology from their then captain, who initially accused management of “slave trade” before later backtracking.

The act was, however, enough for management to strip him of captaincy. The player later mentioned the stripping of captaincy as one of the reasons for submitting his transfer request.

Just last week, Shaban fuelled further rumours of a move to KCCA with a social media post. “Yellow and blue are my favorite colours,” he wrote.

Shaban enjoys cult-hero status in West Nile having helped Onduparaka to promotion and later scoring a second league-best 13 goals in the team’s first season in topflight football.

He was also joint top scorer of the 2016 Uganda Cup with seven goals before Onduparaka’s fairytale run was ended by Vipers 3-1 in the final.




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