Vipers’ new defender Disan Galiwango is in hot soup after he was ordered to pay 25m to Express for breach of contract.
The 22-year-old who joined vipers from Express FC on a free transfer is said to have signed a contract worth shs15m with the Red Eagles before changing his mind on the deal after the venoms offered a hefty pay of 60m as a sign-on fee.
Following the announcement of Vipers for the capture of the pacy left-back, Express filed a case against the player in the FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber claiming that Disan had agreed to a deal in principle to stay with them despite the player claiming to be a free agent.
Following Express seeking attention and resolution of the matter, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Dispute Resolution Chamber made the judgement on September 2 in which they stated that the player will be required to refund the 15 million shillings he had received from Express back in November 2019 and also pay a fine of 10m shillings for breach of contract. The Chamber also stated that the player will not be given any license before he completes clearing his debt with the Red Eagles.
A statement on FUFA’s official twitter page read “The player, Dissan Galiwango is ordered to refund the USh15,000,000 [Fifteen million shilling only] he received from Express FC in November 2019.”
“Disan Galiwango is ordered to pay compensation for breach of his obligations vis-à-vis the club, Express FC under the preliminary contract/pre-contract in the amount of USh10,000,000 [Ten million shillings only]. Dissan Galiwango shall not be issued a player’s license until the total amount of USh25,000,000 [Twenty-five million shillings only] is fully paid to Express FC.”
Galiwango’s camp has not come out to say a word about the ongoing saga but it claims that in the 60m sign-on fee given to him by the formerly called Bunamwaya FC included 15m which was meant to be paid to Express FC as compensation.
The struggle by FUFA to make Ugandan football more respectable is trying to show signs of purpose as the Uganda football governing body FUFA in a space of two weeks has already resolved two contractual cases between players and teams through its FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.