Former Police FC’s CEO, ASP Francis Kidega, has revealed that the club’s policies have not been good enough to retain their good players and instead have to recruit new ones every season.
Kidega who will now be returning to the force’s human resource for re-deployment after the club decided not to renew his contract says the club is capable of performing well but every season is like a fresh start.
“We have been producing the best players, but our policies have not been good enough to retain them,” he says.
“We always recruit more than eleven players every season and this always sets us back.”
“We produce good players and we would be having the best players to compete but they are always taken because we have no plan to retain them.”
“I have served for 3 years now, though I could say it wasn’t enough,” Kidega says.
“I think the next person coming in should bring in a change for the better. We keep on making the best players but keep on losing them as well. A better plan needs to be enforced,” he added.
Francis Kidega was replaced by Fahad Lumu, a lawyer by profession who has been working as a football administrator in the regional league – The Club announced via their official twitter handle.
We are pleased to announce counsel Lumu Fahad as our new CEO.
The decision was reached by the Top Police Management, replacing Assistance Superintendent of Police Kidega Francis.
He penned down a 3 yr contract with effect from 1st July 2020 when he takes over office.#WeAreCops pic.twitter.com/1N9xNL6IiK
— Uganda Police Football Club (@UgPoliceFC) June 28, 2020
When asked why he was being replaced, Kidega admits that his contract had expired and not renewed by the powers that be at the Club.
“My contract had expired,” he says.
“I presented my contract which was subject to review but discussions did not end my way.”
“I believe I served and will be waiting for a new role, a Change.”
Kidega’s comments were full of advice to the incoming.
“The league is a bit competitive and maybe he can come in the team and rectify issues to do with retaining the players. Else he might end up struggling and in case of any ideas I will always be available.”
He leaves Police FC a happy man.
“I would like to thank the Police force for having entrusted me to work with the club for three years. That to me was an honor,” he says.
On his best moment while serving the club.
“The first season was an achievement. We finished 7th and were hoping we would maybe finish in a better position like 5th or even top 4, but the policies did not do us any good.”
Kidega also says Abdallah Mubiru needs to improve on how he manages his technical team.
“He is a good coach, but I wish he could set his authorities on the technical team – at times his technical team has been making contrary decisions especially during his absence,” he says.
“He is a very good coach and he knows how to spot talent. I wish him the best and I would want to see him make the team even better,” he added.
Kidega also says Police FC has produced a number of good players with Juma Balinya and Hassan Kalega making his most outstanding.
“We have produced quite a good number of players.”
“Police Fc has had players like Juma Balinya, Hassan Kalega, Ben Ocen, and Samson Kigozi. They can become the best players at any club.”
“For me, Hassan Kalega is the best midfielder we have had the club.”