By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
MYDA FC fans have today woken up to the news of their main striker Ahmed Hussein Saleh terminating his contract with the club, just a month after the sacking of their former head coach Abdul Samadu Musafiri.
Today in the sports news doing the rounds, the Malaba based club has suffered yet another setback in their relegation fight with one of their lead marksmen leaving the club in mutual agreement.
Ahmed Hussein Saleh terminated his contract with the league newcomers citing personal issues and has since left for Tanzania where he expects to play football for the mean time as revealed by his representative to the media.
But with the relegation fever beginning to play with the minds of most of MYDA FC star players, one would indeed argue that Saleh’s decision could have been influenced by the idea of playing in the FUFA Big league next season, as his team is living dangerously for now with only 9 games remaining for them to salvage their stay in the league for next season.
Losing a player of his caliber, be it for personal reasons or relegation pressure is a very big setback for the Malaba based team. Saleh announced his arrival to the Uganda Premier League limelight with two well taken goals against Wakiso Giants during the 2-all draw at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium. He was also on the score sheet for MYDA against Proline FC during the two Uganda Cup round of 32 games, where they were eventually eliminated.
Even though there is still some small survival hope for MYDA from relegation, the hope has surely taken a dip with this news. Additionally, their 9 remaining fixtures aren’t easy; Express, KCCA, and the league leaders URA are among those they have to play in the run-in to the end of the season. Optimism is the best in these kinds of situations but from the football analyst angle, I worry for the Malaba based team.