Six Adjumani TC players and the Assistant Coach were rushed to hospital after their team bus was attacked by people believed to be the fans of Kataka FC which they had been playing in their FUFA Big League game in Mbale on Thursday evening.
The attacks happened as the team was traveling out of Mbale Municipal Stadium, the home ground for Kataka FC after the game that ended 4-2 in favour of Katata FC turned chaotic.
“One of my player’s phones was snatched just as they were entering their bus.
And chaos ensued as Adjumani players went out to retrieve the phone,”Mr Godfrey Akena the Adjumani coach, said while at Mbale Referral Hospital.
“It’s very sad, we had come to play a game of football. But this is how we ended it, and we have matches coming up and I really don’t know,” Akena said.
The gaffer also said that everything was wrong right even before kickoff and the day’s ‘poor officiating’.
“The game was not under control, from the reception. I once called my players and there was a stopped for almost 10 minutes because there was no fairness.”
The football governing body (FUFA) after this perilous incident made a statement, “Any form of hooliganism in football will be handled by our competent Judicial Bodies. We have acted before and we don’t intend to create any gap whatsoever as the beautiful game must be enjoyed to the fullest with great joy. Perpetrators of hooliganism will be brought to book.”
Adjumani FC is 15th on the log battling FUFA Big League relegation with 22 points in the 24 games played.