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Cecafa top scorer’s transfer to Egyptian club stalls

Ugandan forward Derrick Nsibambi has reportedly has been left dismayed after his club Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA) frustrated his intended move to an Egyptian club.

Nsibambi scored four goals to finish as the top scorer at the 2017 edition of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya last December.

This form, alongside his exploits in the Ugandan league, had the KCCA striker attracting interest from several clubs in Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Egypt.

But it is Egyptian club Al Assiouty Sport which reportedly tabled a Sh6 million bid to lure Nsibambi alongside Ugandan Left-back Isaac Muleme.


Kenyan Francis Gaitho, a well-respected intermediary with strong links in the Middle-East and North Africa, represented Al Assiouty Sport in the negotiations, but his efforts were thwarted by demands for ridiculous amounts of money from officials of the Ugandan club.

“It seems the club (KCCA) and the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) insisted the players travel to Morocco and play for the Uganda Cranes, under the illusion that monied Moroccan clubs would line up for their signatures,” Gaitho said.

Thus,  KCCA may have cumulatively lost Sh6 million in transfer fees, plus an opportunity to earn a further Sh20 million in forward sales commissions.

Likewise, Nsibambi and Muleme have lost the opportunity to earn annual salaries of about Sh300,000 a month.

The Egyptian league is considered one of the best on the continent considering the handsome pay cheque that players are entitled to and the quality of competition.