Mbarara City is one of the upcountry sides that have given traditional heavyweights a run for their money
Despite the departure of key players, Mbarara City proprietor Mwine Mpaka has urged fans to stay calm because the club has embarked on negotiations to sign new players that will fill the void.
The exit of midfielder Ibrahim Orit to Vipers and striker Brian Aheebwa who is the verge of joining KCCA, has left many fans worried that the club might not competitive.
With Orit and Aheebwa now gone, the future of club captain Hillary Mukundane and midfielder Swalik Ssegujja is uncertain.
Mpaka says there is no need to panic since the club is ready to retain the remaining players and also strengthen the team with new signings so as to compete favourably come next season.
"Though our fans have lost confidence in the future of the club after the exit of some of our players I believe we shall handle this well. Even when Mucureezi (Paul) left, Aheebwa came up. However, at the moment we are yet to sign the replacements of the departed players but that will be done," stated Mpaka.
"Truth is we wanted to retain Orit but Vipers offered him a huge sign-on fee. Therefore, I urge fans to have some faith because we have come a long way and I can't let the team down. We are going to sit down with the coaches and decide on who to bring on board because we cannot bring players from nowhere without the knowledge of our coach," he added.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the club has not been able to get any form of financial support from its sponsor (Topbet) since they were also heavily affected.
"Since this pandemic started, our sponsor also got affected since most of their outlets were closed. Therefore the team has been depending on me for the past few months," Mpaka clarified.
Mbarara City is one of the upcountry sides that have given traditional heavyweights a run for their money especially at Kakyeka Stadium.
In the 2019/20 season, Mbarara City managed to come from a goal down to beat KCCA 2-1 in the first round while drawing against Vipers 2-2 and 0-0.
By the time the league was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Ankole Lions were in seventh place on the Uganda Premier League table with 36 points from 25 matches.