Newly promoted Uganda Premier League side, Uganda People’s Defense Forces Football Club (UPDF FC) have reportedly terminated right back Fred Okot’s contract.
The development that saw both parties (UPDF FC and Okot) mutually part ways was reportedly reached on Thursday.
Okot who joined the Armyside at the beginning of the 2020/2021 season signing a one-year contract is said to have had a fading relationship with team tactician Kefa Kisala.
The fallout between the two was not helped by Okot’s poor performance in UPDF’s 4th league game against Kyetume FC (0-1 defeat) at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru, ending the team’s three match winning streak.
UPDF FC was awarded a 90th minute penalty and had a chance to pick a point/s before Okot insisted on taking it despite coach Kisala’s objections who had opted for Simon Mbaziira to step up.
To the dismay of the watching teammates, Okot grabbed the ball and took the penalty which was saved by goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa.
In a twist of events, the Bombo based side were caught off guard with a quick counterattack resulting into a penalty awarded to Kyetume. Musitafa Mujuzi made no mistake from the spot condemning UPDF FC to their first defeat of the season.
“It is very disappointing. I am very disappointed. We had a chance to win the three points but all of a sudden we lost the penalty and the move went against us. It is very disappointing because when we were laying our strategy, we pick someone who will take our first, second or even a third penalty if we are awarded in a match. But it is unfortunate that the guy [Fred Okot] went against the plan, made himself a better kicker and we lose a game just like that. That is unacceptable in my team. The penalty was supposed to be taken by Simon [Mbazira],” Furious Kisala said in a post match interview.
ChimpReports further establishes that in the aftermath, while in the team bus, everyone was angry with Okot who furiously asked, “who has never missed a penalty amongst all of you?” before asking for a leave.
Following the scenario, the former URA FC and Vipers SC player went at war with club head coach Kefa Kisala who from reliable sources blamed the player for giving him self responsibility that wasn’t his.
By the time the league went into a break, UPDF was on top of the table with 12 points from five games (four wins and one defeat).
They will next play against Vipers Sports Club on Saturday 12th February at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, a day after League resumption.