Exclusive: Hassan Kalega Goes AWOL at URA

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Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) central midfielder Hassan Kalega has been missing from the Nakawa based side for at least one month, ChimpReports has learnt.

Reliable sources close to the team’s camp have intimated to this website on conditions of anonymity that “Gaata”, as he’s profoundly known, went AWOL since the 2020/21 season restart and the club doesn’t know his whereabouts.

The July 2019 signing switched to the current Uganda Premier League table leaders from Vipers Sports club on a three-year contract and was seen as a perfect replacement for midfielder Siraje Sentamu who had joined the reigning champions

Information privy to this website establishes that Kalega’s license was revoked by FUFA in the post CHAN tournament following a mismatch between details of his National Identity Card and those in his passport.

Reliable information indicates that Kalegga’s National ID shows 1996 as his Year of Birth which contradicts with that in the passport (1998), a scenario that tempted FUFA to cancel the license the player had secured upon joining URA FC at the beginning of last season.

As a result, the player was to pay a fine of flive hundred thousand Ugandan shillings (Shs 500,000) in order to reproduce a new passport but he seemed unwilling to bow to the suggestion.

Hassan Kalega (Yellow) during a league game at Namboole last season

Even when the club signaled readiness to clear the fine and pleaded with Kalegga to attend the training sessions in the meantime, the player was a no show and has been missing from the four-time league champions squad.

Efforts to reach out to Kalega (who is yet to play any game this season) for a comment, have been futile since he keeps his known numbers busy.

The deep lying anchorman was previously named the 2016 Masaza Cup’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) as last year’s runners up Buddu won the championship. He also played for Police FC on loan and Ayoo FC from Kyotera between (2014-2015).

URA FC will resume the second round of the 2020/2021 UPL season with an away tie against Express on Saturday 3rd April at the Mutesa II stadium in Wankulukuku.

Source – ChimpReports

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