DRAMA ensued at Entebbe airport yesterday afternoon when Express striker Hassan Mubiru was stopped from boarding a flight to professional trials in Brunei.
Security operatives at the airport blocked the player after a tip off from Express chairman Godfrey Kirumira.
The player held documents, which The New Vision saw, indicating that he was going to Brunei Darussalam to play for DPMM Football Club.
DPMM had sent some money through DownTown Forex Bureau to help Mubiru work on his travel documents.
The player also had air tickets whose serial numbers were 36657955626 and 36657955622.
In Brunei, one Haji Al-Muthadee Billah would receive him. Mubiru was leaving the country without permission from Express.
And prior to that, he had failed to join Uganda Cranes while giving the excuse of domestic problems.
Mubiru was reportedly dropped at the airport by SC Villaâ€™s Hakim Magumba. Check in time was 1.00 pm while the flight was scheduled for 3.30pm.
Sensing trouble, Magumba fled from the scene.
â€œMagumba was supposed to help me identify the two white scouts at the airport who, in return, would take me to my final destination. He was supposed to talk to them on phone while describing the clothes I was putting on. I didnâ€™t know them,â€ Mubiru said.
When sought for comment, a vitriolic Kirumira had no kind words for Villa. â€œItâ€™s not fair. The same thing Villa did to (Francis) Gonzaga and Henry (Kakooza) is what they are doing,â€ the Express strongman fumed.
â€œThey are simply trying to disorganise my camp. Why, of all people, did Magumba drop him?â€
Kirumira added that Tushar, owner of Downtown Forex Bureau, called him saying he had helped Mubiru in good faith. But to Kirumira, that was guilt.
â€œHe helped Mubiru get the ticket and then rang me because he knew he was in the wrong. How can that be an official who supports football?â€ Kirumira said Mubiru attended training after the drama.
Mubiru Blocked At Airport From Flying To Brunei