Sofapaka FC goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya left the club earlier this week amid reports of discontentment between him and the club’s top management but the keeper has moved swiftly to quash the claims.
The player through Kawowo Sports however dismissed the reports instead insisting that he was happy with the chance presented to him by the 2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions and that he had explained his decision with the club’s management before his departure.
“It is with sadness that I depart Sofapaka Football Club, one club that had become part and parcel of my life. I am glad for the opportunities presented in my time at the club especially when I was named captain. A number of issues have led to my decision many of which will not be discussed in the media. But, I met management and explained my position which was granted,” Kigonya stated.
Reports indicate that Kigonya had asked for a pay rise which the club were not willing to offer on a short notice and that the keeper felt that the club were not doing enough in ensuring that they were in the mix of winning accolades.
Others feel that Kigonya’s head had been turned by offers by clubs in Kenya and across the borders with KPL clubs AFC Leopards and Tusker FC who have lost their first choice keeper Patrick Matasi to Ethiopia all believed to be interested in acquiring the services of the former Bright Stars and Bishop Nankyama goalkeeper.
The keeper who has been capped five times by the Uganda national team is believed to be attracting interest too from newly crowned Ethiopia Premier League champions Jimma Aba Jifar.