By Shafik Ssenoga
Coach Alex Isabirye has resigned from his position as head coach of defending league champions Vipers SC.
This was revealed in a letter addressed to club CEO Simon Peter Njuba.
In the letter, Isabirye also emphasised that he was not available to attend a disciplinary hearing on Thursday over absconding from work.
“I am writing to express my sincere regret that I will not be able to attend the club’s disciplinary meeting as summoned by the club in the letter received yesterday, July 11, 2023. I would have liked to attend in person as outlined in the letter but unfortunately, my current health condition does not allow me to do so and besides you have not given me sufficient notice,” read part of the letter.
Isabirye says he was on sick leave and he posted images of a car crash which he is believed to have been involved in without providing further details.
The club, however, came out to reveal it had not received any such request.
The tactician also went on to cite that he resigned after the club breached his contract such as signing two Brazilian players Giancarlo Lopez Rodriguez and Luiz Otavio Santos de Araujo, and the appointment of Lukusa Kayembe Raoul from DR Congo as his assistant coach without his knowledge.
Isabirye’s absence follows a disagreement with club president Lawrence Mulindwa who expressed displeasure with his coaching methods in a heated address last week on Wednesday. This allegedly did not go down well with Isabirye who was absent from work thereafter.
Although the details of his contract are confidential at the moment, it is believed he signed a 16-month deal with the Kitende side.
However, Isabirye’s ordeal will not come as a surprise to many football observers as Vipers is believed to doubt his ability to guide them to success on the continent.
When he joined Vipers, they were struggling for goals and wins, but he managed to guide them to their first domestic double.
Going by Isabirye’s previous comments in the media, this move comes as no surprise.
“I always tell people that I like my job so much that I do not want anybody to interfere. But I do not want to do a job where I do it because of so and so. I do not care about being sacked. What I care about is that am I respected, am I given what am supposed to be given,” Isabirye noted a few weeks ago.