Ugandan footballer Nsereko goes missing

Wednesday September 14 2011

By Mark Kirumira

Disappearing Acts is a 2000 romantic drama and Ugandan-born German Savio Nsereko is proving to be a candidate for a casting role in its sequel.

Reports from Italy indicate that the Fiorentina player, now on a season-long loan at Serie B side Juve Stabia, has mysteriously gone missing from his club.

He last reported at the club last Wednesday and this has forced his bosses to contact the police who have started investigations into the matter.

No one, including his agent Patrick Bastianelli and family, knows his whereabouts.

Savio was signed by Londoners West Ham United from Italian club Brescia in January 2009 on a four-year deal for a fee of £9 million. After a few appearances, he moved to Florence for an undisclosed fee. His current contract expires in 2016.

The last official contact the player had was a text message sent to his coach Pierro Praglia, indicating that he would be absent from the team’s training camp. Consequently, he missed in his club’s 1-0 defeat to Brescia last weekend.

Juve Stabia’s sporting director Salvatore Di Somma said Wednesday; "Nobody can find him, his mother and sister are worried, too. We hope that everything will be resolved as soon as possible."

Contract threat

The club’s press office has released a statement, indicating that there is likelihood that the player’s contract at the club could be terminated like it were the case when he went AWOL while on loan at German side 1860 Munich last October.

“We take note of his behaviour, by virtue of which we have come to the conclusion that he can not be part of our family,” the statement read.

Former Sampdoria front man Claudio Belucci has already been singled out as his likely replacement.

Early this year, he was also sent on loan to Bulgarian side Chernomerets Burgas having had a similar spell at Bologna the previous season.

By Wednesday, the police had alerted border officials in Italy and the Force is also tracking his credit card transactions so as to trace the midfielder.

Early last year, Savio was in Uganda and he met Federation of Uganda Football Association, the local governing body, officials, indicating his readiness and desire to join the Uganda Cranes if needed – provided the necessary paperwork to allow him play for Uganda are done.

The two parties, it is known, have since not closed the door on each other.

He was the star of the Germany U-19 team that won the European title for that age category in 2008.