Following the controversy that surrounded their trials in Japan, Be Forward Wanderers’ seasoned winger Joseph Kamwendo and striker Peter Wadabwa sneaked back home on Sunday.
Kamwendo yesterday refused to engage in talk about the trip. Earlier, the two players told the local media that they were bitter after reportedly being made to train with a nondescript university college team.
“They [Be Forward Limited] wanted to extend the days of our visas but it was not possible,” the well-travelled midfielder, sounding annoyed, said yesterday.
“As for the way forward, talk to the General Secretary [Mike Butao]. The sponsor must have communicated to him. I do not want to comment much. I just want to have a rest.”
Butao was unavailable as we went to press yesterday.
The two players asked to be flown back after claiming that the team they were supposed to train with Japanese Second Division outfit—Yokohama FC— was on off-season break.
Despite the players’ claims , Yokohama’s website indicates that they are still active on the transfer market, making signings.
“During the training camp period scheduled to be held in Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture (January 25 – February 12), Yokohama FC goods will be sold,” reads a translated version of updates on the club’s website.
The Japan Times newspaper’s edition of last week, on www.japantimes. co.jp also reported on Yokohama’s transfer activities.
“Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest active player in the J. League at 49, has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC for this season,” reads the article in part.
In a telephone interview from Tokyo last week, Wadabwa told The Daily Times that he only had one training session with a college team and he picked up an injury.
“We have observed that Wanderers missed the timing of the dates of our arrival here. According to our visas, we were supposed to be here by December 2 2016 and that time the teams were playing cup games,” Wadabwa was quoted as saying.
Last week, Butao told The Nation last week that it was their sponsor, Be Forward which was responsible for the trials.
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