“We will not deny him his wish to leave the club but we need issues to be formal."
JINJA - Uganda Premier League side JMC Hippos FC have denied offering a release letter to their last season's topscorer Richard Wandyaka, who is said to be leaving the club.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to top-tier football outfit URA FC.
JMC met with fans at Kakindu Stadium Friday, with club CEO George Kirya saying they have not reached any agreement with the 18-year-old striker over his transfer to any club .
''We have always signed agreements with all of our players in the past,” he said.
“Players in the past such as Richard Madoi to Vipers FC, midfielder Herbert Kakande to Kenyan club Kakamega and Ambrose Kirya to SC Villa have all respected the club's ethics through negotiations before they were released.”
JMC finished 10th last season with 38 points picked from 10 wins and eight draws.
Kirya said the club will let Wandyaka go as he wishes – but formally.
“Wandyaka did not speak to anyone and I believe FUFA [local football governing body] will not give him a URA FC license before we give him a release letter.
“We will not deny him his wish to leave the club but we need issues to be formal with due respect.”
The chief executive also said JMC had the smallest budget of sh10m used on players’ wages last season.