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KCCA FC: Ranking the top 5 coaches to have succeeded at the Club

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Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) was founded in 1964 and has since been active in Ugandan and African football. The Kasasiro Boys have seen managers come and go in their history just like at any other club.

The achievements of Jaberi Bidandi Ssali during the club’s early days as head coach and manager serve as an inspiration, the latest of which is ranking high up in the top 5 managers of the Lugogo based side.

Ranking the top coaches is not an easy task since especially when each has their style and personality. However, in this article, I have considered achievements in relation to the situation in which the respective coaches found the club and where they left off.

5. Tom Lwanga(1990-1991 and 1997)

Having guided KCC FC as a player to 4 league titles and 5 Uganda cup titles, Lwanga was given a chance to manage the club in the 1990-91 season during which he won the Uganda Super League title in his first season, a first for the club in 8 years.

The former rock-solid defender turned head coach was sacked in 1992 after a poor run of results and was replaced by Polly Ouma, but it wouldn’t be long until when Lwanga returned for a second stint.

In the second stint, Lwanga won his second league title at KCC FC and also led the Club to the CAF Confederation Cup Semifinals in 1997 losing to the eventual winners Esperance 9-1 on aggregate.

4. Moses Nsereko(RIP)(1983-1988)

After Bindandi Ssali quit KCC FC in 1984, Moses Nsereko who was a trainee of the former took on the mantle and guided KCCA to the 1984/85 league and 2 Uganda Cup titles in his 5-year tenure at the Club.

Frank Kyazze was so instrumental during Nsereko’s time at the Kampala Club netting 18 goals in the 1984-85 title-winning season.

3. George Best Nsimbe (2007-2008 and 2012-2014)

George Best Nsimbe - KCCA FC

George Nsimbe has managed the Kasasiro Boys 2 times. His first period was 2007-08 while the second was from 2012-14.

After 10 years without a league title due to administrative problems, the Board appointed Nsimbe, a club legend as their team’s head coach. He never disappointed as he guided KCCA FC to the Uganda Super League in 2007-08 season but in the following season, KCC FC finished second just behind URA FC on goal difference. Nsimbe resigned in 2009 at the KCCA’s end of year dinner.

The soft-spoken coach returned to the Club in 2012 and this was the most successful tenure as a coach, winning the 2012-13 Uganda Super League title and defending the same title in the 2013-14 season. He resigned again after getting a lucrative deal at Azam FC in Tanzania.

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Nsimbe won 3 league titles during his 2 stints at the Club, writing his name in the history of the club.

2. Mike Mutebi(2015-to date)
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KCCA FC players lift up their coach Mike Mutebi after guiding them to the 11th Uganda Premier League title | Courtesy photo

After sacking Abudallh Mubiru in 2015, KCCA FC appointed Sam Ssimbwa and Mike Mutebi as Head coach and Technical Director respectively. The pair were returning to Lugogo for the third time.

But before their first season could end, Sam Ssimbwa parted ways with the Club after being banned for 8 months by FUFA for allegedly bribing referees after he was taped claiming to be manipulating results for the club. This is how Mike became the head coach and has since guided the club to their 13th league title in history.

Mutebi used his “Our way ” style of football to win his first title and the club’s 11th in 2016, repeating the feat in the 2017 season before the third two years later in 2019. Mutebi also guided KCCA FC to 2 Uganda Cup titles, while it was the same man who guided the club to its maiden CAF Champions League group stage appearance in 2018.

Mike Mutebi has also guided the Lugogo based side to their second CECAFA CUP title in 2019.

1. Bidandi Ssali (1963-1983)
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Bidandi posing for a photo moment with his team| Observer Media Courtesy Photo

After the club was founded by the late Samuel Wamala in 1963, Bidandi Ssali was appointed head coach. The team joined Kampala and District Football League (KDFL) Third Division, gained promotion from the Third Division South to the second division before they got into the National League in 1974.

In their first year in the National league, Bidandi helped KCC FC finish second before guiding them to a league triumph in 1976. Bidandi went on to defend the title in 1977 after Express FC was banned due to government integration.

At the end of his 20-year tenure as the KCC FC head coach, the Kasasiro Boys had won 4 league titles, 3 Uganda cups and they had become the first Ugandan team to win the CECAFA CIubs Cup in 1978.

Bidandi also promoted club trainees like Moses Nsereko, Ibrahim Magala, and Emma Mugerwa to the first team in his 20 years tenure.

Conclusion

KCCA FC has had its share of coaches who were great, and some who were not so great. This Top 5 was determined based on my personal opinion.

Part of the information used in this article was contributed to by

  1. Hassan Badru Zziwa – The Observer Media Ltd
  2. Andrew Mwanguhya – The Daily Monitor Publications,
  3. Tendo Nicta Musoke – Sportsfan Magazine
Kamardin Shero
Senior sports Editor at The Touchline Sports | Am down to earth person with a great heart of always wanting to assist where possible.

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