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Tooro United Takeover: Tycoon Jack Pemba Interested

City Tycoon and socialite Jackson Akim Pemba commonly known as Pemba is reportedly in negotiations to takeover Tooro United management.

Jack Pemba, a Tanzanian businessman who also spends most of his time in Uganda is said to be finalising all paperwork with the current management and is expected to be officially declared the new boss for the Uganda Premier League outfit soon.

Pemba is the founder and CEO of Pemba group of companies that owns Pemba Sports Africa.

He has also worked with Warriors National Basketball League team Pemba Warriors, Kick-boxer Umar Semata “The Pain”, Omutima Rally team in the National Rally Championship among others.

Tooro United (Previously Soana FC) gained top flight promotion in 2013 under the stewardship of Richard Makumbi following ite 3-0 win against Koboko Rising Stars in the promotional playoff final.

However, at the start of the current 2019/2020 UPL season, Smart Obed sold off 49% shares to another businessman Sperito Sessanga, taking charge of the side.

Sessanga’s management was short-lived and later sold the management off. The new owner however, failed to coordinate with the then team head coach Wasswa Bbosa leading to his resignation midway through this campaign.

Under his regime, the players went months without any salary payments causing a sit down strike by players before finally selling the club to a one Alice Namatovu, the head of marketing and sales at BBS TV.

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However, inside sources at the club report that Namatovu has also failed to manage the highly demanding club causing attraction from Pemba who is poised to become the new majority shareholder at the club.

Efforts to reach out to Namatovu were futile as she declined responding to any of our calls and messages.

Currently, Tooro United is bottom of the 16-team log with a lagging 22 points, three points from safety with five games remaining.

Previously, Tooro United sacked head coach Mohammed Kisekka and his assistant Charles Nzanziro Kadiidi.

This season, Tooro United has so far been managed by three coaches in Mohammed Kisekka, Wasswa Bbosa and Eric Ndifuna who have since left the club.

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