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The President’s directive will see three Uganda Cranes players Dan Wagaluka, Habib Kavuma and Johnson Bagoole exiting the army funded Rwandese club to look for new employment elsewhere.
Eight other foreign players including three Brazilians will also be affected.
Kagame’s move is allegedly intended to pave way for the development of the native players as the country struggles to build a formidable national side. The directive is however only limited to APR, a club owned and directly funded by the Rwandese Army. President Paul Kagame is the APR Club Patron.
FERWAFA Competitions President Bonnie Nsabimana who also doubles as a member of the CECAFA Club Competitions Organizing Committee confirmed the new development when contacted from Dar es salaam where he has been on official CECAFA duties.
“Yes, His Excellency has always complained of the exorbitant expenses towards the recruitment of foreign players who in turn do not add much value to the club’s performance. Such players will have to join other clubs within Rwanda if they are interested,” said Nsabimana before he flew back to Kigali on Thursday.
Other sources within APR, however, said the club officials were still pleading to the President to reverse the decision and pardon a few foreign players.
The source further identified the players being pleaded for as Leonel St. Preus from Haiti (Striker), Johnson Bagoole (Defender) and Dan Wagaluka (midfielder) from Uganda.
When contacted, both Wagaluka and Kavuma said they were aware of the intended changes in the club but had not got official communications from their employers.