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Football’s money problems bite Express FC as players fail to turn up for training

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David GOMBE

Football is a religion and money is its God. Money makes football. Players want good contracts, fans and owners want shiny stadiums.The reality is that most fans are willing to accept moral backsliding if the results can plaster over this, because it’s the game that matters to them.

First it was Arua Hill this season and now Express FC are the next club to be embroiled in the financial race in the top tier. In the midst of money woes and the club finds itself not even ready to have training sessions.

Following their 8-7 Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32 penalty shootout win over Rwenzori Lions FC on Saturday at Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku, the Red Eagles were to return to training on Monday morning.

Swift Sports Uganda however understands that the players have failed to make it for training today due to financial hardships.

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Before the game against Rwenzori Lions, this website reported that Express FC head coach Alex Isabirye was to resign from the role citing irregular turn up of players for training due to unavailability of transport fees.

The club also owes players and coaching staff salaries in the recent months and have not received their allowances and bonuses.

At the start of the current season, the seven time Uganda Premier league champions had changes in the club leadership with Suubi Kiwanuka replacing his elder brother Kiryowa Kiwanuka as club chairman.

Ashiraf Miiro replaced Isaac Mwesigwa as the club Chief Executive Officer.

It remains to be seen whether the club will honour their fixture away to Soltilo Bright Stars on Thursday this week.

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