Arua Central Football Club has withdrawn from the National Super League.
Arua Central missed its last game against URA FC, on December 29th, causing the wrath not only of URA, but also the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
League rules stipulate that a club that misses a match will lose six points and four goals. This means that Arua Central, which is at the battle of the league table, has no chance to recover and escape relegation.
Bosco Dudu, manager of Arua Central, says the team was beleaguered by numerous financial problems. He says the team hasn't paid its players for four months now and has a large debt from money borrowed to finance matches.
This is because the new club has no money since many of its supporters within Arua district and other parts of the Country have stopped financing the team because of its poor performance.
Since the on going super league started, the team has just won a match and in others it is either defeated or they play draw which has disappointed many of its funs and supporters.
Dudu says Arua Central FC has no finances of its own. It relies on support from well-wishers and fans, who he says have either withdrawn their support or have failed to honor their pledges to support the team.
Dudu says that after last Tuesday's failed match, the team agreed that it can no longer participate in the National Super League.
The withdrawal has left the team players stranded.
Joel Mundua, the Arua Central club captain, says the careers of he and his team mates are over. He says most of them are cash strapped because they were never paid and he hopes that some money will be raised soon in order to clear the salary arrears.
This is the first time Arua Central qualified for the Super League. It has only won one game and drawn twice.