Exclusive: In a shocking turn of events, Rwanda striker Ernest Sugira and Democratic Republic of Congo football club, AS Vita Club have parted ways, IGIHE learns.
The forward who was signed last year on a lucrative deal by head coach Florent Ibenge after performing well in the 2016 CHAN for national team Amavubi, has just spent one year with the club.
IGIHE has reliably learned that talks with the attacker have hit a dead end and the player has decided to return back at home.
The tall striker joined AS Vita in July 2016 from AS Kigali after completing a deal that saw the striker earn Rwf4m every month. The 25-year-old signed an 18-month deal worth Rwf102m including transfer fees.
Sugira scored three goals for Rwanda in CHAN including a brace against Gabon in a 2-1 win and one against DR Congo in a 2-1 defeat in the last eight, which ultimately earned him a place in the team of the tournament – the only Amavubi player in the side in the CHAN 2016 selected squad.
After joining the DRC club, the player struggled to pick form and suffered some injuries but coach Ibenge revealed that he only needed time to settle in. But even after some time, the players failed to settle in DRC club a reason why it is reported the club took a decision to part ways with the striker.
Sugira told IGIHE “ Right now we have part ways with AS Vita Club, I have no problem with them. My contract was remaining with four months on my contract but we met and discussed with the management a reason why they released me.”
Sugira disclosed that he found it not simply to coup with the DR Congo league because it is very competitive. He says the league is on a high level compared to the of Rwandan, even the club expects a lot from the player.
“Right now I have not discussed with any club in Rwanda, but my plan is to come back and play at home. Right now I have no agent because we also separated but will find another. I wanted to continue playing outside but things did not go well.” He added
The first featured in AS Muhanga before joining APR FC where he discovered his form than later joined AS Kigali. Sources have revealed that he tall striker is likely to return to APR FC, but he rejects the claims of having talks with any club yet.
Other than Sugira, AS Vita club is reported to have released ten other players including former Amavubi striker Daddy Birori who was banned by Confederation of Africa Football body for using dual nationality an incident the led to banning Rwanda out of the continental game for a year.