By Francisco Bwambale
KCCA FC has confirmed the released two players as four others were loaned out, with one running out his contract.
The released players are Musa Esenu and Muwadda Mawejje, who served the Lugogo based club for only a year, each on their two-year, respective contracts.
Midfielder Isaac Kirabira’s contract will not be renewed, KCCA confirmed on Friday through their website. Kirabira appeared in four fixtures for the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League winners while the released players – Esenu and Muwadda featured in three and 13 games, respectively.
The players released on a year-long loan are; Goal keeper Tom Ikara, who goes to Mbarara City FC; defender Walter Ochora joins Bul FC; defender Bernard Muwanga remains at Lugogo but with Proline FC as pair up with goal keeper Hassan Matovu, whose star at the Big League and Stanbic Uganda Cup winners has been extended to a year.
Ikara, who was grabbed from Jinja based Kirinya-Jinja SS, now Busoga United has struggled to make to satisfy his recruiters and it remains unclear whether such would be the best quality for Mbarara.
Soccer academy graduate, Ochora did not play for the club last season due to a busy academic schedule for his A’ level class at Kibuli SSS while fellow centre half Muwanga struggled to nail down a starting berth in the defence.
Goalie Matovu’s impressive show in Proline’s pursuit for the Big-League honours and Uganda Cup earned him a loan extension.
KCCA Manager Mike Mutebi was quoted as saying the loan period was mean’t for players to reflect and work on their weaknesses.
“This does not mean they are leaving but rather should use the period to gain playing time and come back stronger than before. We have sent them to clubs where we feel they can continue growing,” reasoned Mutebi, who thanked the released players for their contribution to the club.
KCCA, who travel to face Wakiso Giants in the Pilsner Super8 Cup on August 6, are set to fly out to Namibia for the Caf Champions League preliminary round, first leg tie against African Stars FC, later in the week.