Fred Kajoba: I’m ‘proud’ I was dismissed from Cranes camp because of prayers

Fufa announced they had Friday released the coach "after not being able to observe the camp regulations at the Team Hotel in Kisasi which require all members of the contingent to follow the strict Covid-19 SOPs."

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Coach Fred Kajoba with his portrait of Mother Mary after a Uganda Cranes win|FILE/COURTESY.

Uganda Cranes goal keeping coach, Fred Kajoba has said he’s happy he was thrown out of the team’s camp not for any other reason but prayers.

Fufa announced they had Friday released the coach “after not being able to observe the camp regulations at the Team Hotel in Kisasi which require all members of the contingent to follow the strict Covid-19 SOPs.”

However, Mr Kajoba has told STA News in an exclusive phone interview that he sought permission and was okayed by head coach Jonathan McKinstry. “I requested the coach and I was allowed to go to church and celebrate Christmas day mass,” said Kajoba.

“I’m fine with the dismissal and in fact happy that I was dismissed from the camp because I had gone to church but not any other place,” he added.

Mr Kajoba is well known for his prayerful life, trust in Jesus and he is oftenly seen in possession of a portrait of mother Mary (Mother to Jesus) during football games.

Thus, he said there was no way he was going to miss Christmas prayers. He also said like the government directed, there was adherence to Covid-19 SoPs including wearing [his] mask, observing a distance of four metres from each other and washing of hands.

After guiding Vipers SC to a 3-5 away victory against Busoga United on December 20, Mr Kajoba walked straight to the camp and said he had never gone out until today when he went to a Church in Nagulu.

“It’s interesting how Mr McKinstry would find trouble in me going to the church when some other people including himself have been on a regular basis going out of the camp. “Can’t they too bring in Corona?” he wondered.

Head coach Jonathan McKinstry sacked Fred Kajoba for breaching the Covid-19 guidelines but the latter insists his boss could be have some other ill intentions|File/Fufa Media.

Mr Kajoba said apart from assistant coach Abdallah Mubiru who went out to Naguru for three consecutive days to renew his driving permit, another member of the team who is the physical trainer has always been allowed to visit a bank and return without much concern from the head coach.

To his dismay, the ex Cranes international said coach Jonathan McKinstry has never resided into the team hotel ever since the camp commenced.

Mr Kajoba confirmed Fufa CEO Edgar Watson called and informed him he (Kajoba) was supposed to leave camp for failure to observe Covid-19 guidelines.

Kojoba will therefore not travel with the Uganda Cranes Contingent on Monday 28th December 2020 when they fly out of the country for a pre- CHAN tournament in Cameroon in preparation for the Total CHAN Finals that starts mid-January 2021.  

And FUFA said “a replacement for the goalkeeping coach will be named by the FUFA Executive in due course.”

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