Sharps Shooting Stars’ recently embattled Ugandan International U-23 middle fielder has finally parted ways with the team after the team’s decision to release him. The team has since bought him an air ticket to fly back home.
Ndunga, who was signed by the team at the beginning of the season, recently found himself under an ugly situation with the team failing to pay his salaries for of five months, a development that left the player stranded after he was chased away by the landlord.
The player was forced to sleep on the floor outside the house as the landlord cut ties with him. The Ugandan had gone for months without paying rent.
Team General Manager, Gudsta Bayendi, on Friday afternoon confirmed that the player had to endure severe conditions due to the reasons that were beyond their control such as they had no money as the club to meet the wages of the players.
Bayendi said the team agreed to amicably part ways with the Ugandan international on Friday afternoon after the team and the player met to iron out issues in the meeting presided over by the Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB).
Bayendi said the team had managed to buy an air ticket for the player as they have been engaged by FUB on the matter.
“Yes, we had a situation with one of our foreign players. People think we abandoned him but we were always doing our best to ensure that his welfare and that of other team players properly managed. However, we are very sorry as the team to the situation that he (Ndunga) went through at some time,” Bayendi echoed.
Sharps have seen players and management at loggerheads on several occasions over delayed or non-payment of salaries; with the situation hitting hard on foreign players such as Ndunga.
The team lost Coach Rapelang Tsatsilebe who left the club early January bemoaning lack of serious welfare care by the management for both the players and the technical team.
Ndunga joined Sharps at the beginning of this current campaign on a two-year deal.
He had pulled in a great perfomance with a deadly combination alongside Tshepo Malgas, helping Sharps to maintain a good run in the first round of the campaign. Malgas has since signed for Gaborone United.