Tooro are anchoring the table on 22 points with five games left the end of the season.
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FORT PORTAL - Tooro United coach Muhammed Kisekka suspects that his side's string of poor results in the league could be due to match-fixing by some of his players.
Tooro are anchoring the table on 22 points with five games left the end of the season. They have won only two games in the second round, as a streak of indifferent results places them on the verge of relegation.
After his side's 1-0 home defeat to Villa on Saturday, Kisekka voiced his suspicions that some of his very own could be engaged in shenanigans.
"We have a number of challenges we are facing. You so saw me make the first lineup and eventually making changes. For any professional coach you can't do that but because of rumors of betting, we have ended up making changes. This is a fact," said the under-pressure coach.
"You saw how we conceded a goal - it was uncalled for. I can give references to very many games in which we almost scored own goals.
"As a coach, I have no control over that. I don't have evidence but it [match-fixing] is happening. Every time I receive communication that your team has been manipulated, we concede uncalled for goals," said Kisekka.
"We have good players but their mental toughness is very poor. This is the third game that I am getting information about my team being manipulated and in the first minutes of the game we concede."
Kisekka feels the players need to change their attitude if there are to remain in the league.
They are in the heart of the relegation zone with Proline (22 points) and Maroons (24 points), who have since dismissed their coach Douglas Bamweyana over poor results.
"I was disappointed with the way we played," said Kisekka.
"We are not losing games because we are poor, but there is an internal feeling you can't lift from the player."
Faisal Muwawu's first-half strike saw Villa consolidated their third place on 46 points, four behind second-placed KCCA. Title chasers Vipers are leading on 54 points.
Jogoo head coach Edward Kaziba praised his side for sticking to the strategy that won them the match.
"Our strategy worked. When you are playing away and need a win, one goal is important as long as you defend well, and that is what we did.
"We created a lot of chances, but we did not utilize them . What is important though is that we won."
The league is taking a break to allow the Uganda Cranes prepare and also take part in the Africa Nations Championship that gets under way in April in Cameroon.
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