In an astonishingly successful career at KCCA FC, Mike Mutebi has won 7 trophies (3 league titles, 2 Uganda Cups, and a CECAFA Club Championship) and has created history in Ugandan Football.
The success and his ‘our way’ style of play he has developed at the club, have since earned him a reference to the great Johann Cruyff.
But, not everything he has touched has turned to gold. Since his return to the Lugogo based side in 2015, Mutebi has signed over 60 players while promoting few from the club’s junior side.
Often times, he has gotten it right but also on many occasions has been left disappointed with those who fail to deliver.
Here, we present, ‘in rising order of awfulness’, the worst five signings under ‘the Cruyff at KCCA FC’.
Simón Sserukuma – Forward
The former SC Villa and Express FC winger was signed at the start of the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL season as a free agent from Tooro United but has since failed to live up to expectation at the club.
From failing to fit in Mutebi’s playing style to the failure to impress for the little time he has had on the pitch, Sserunkuma added indiscipline to his flaws. He was suspended from the team’s activities for 2 months when his team needed him the most in January.
Sserukuma has been the worst of the 2019-20 bunch.
He is reportedly among the nine players set to be released by the Lugogo based side before the beginning of next season.
Bernard Muwanga – Defender
Bernard Muwanga joined KCCA FC in 2018 from rivals SC Villa on a 3-year deal, but the Central defender who can also play in defensive midfield suffered various injury upsets and subsequently failing to adapt to the style at Lugogo in his first season.
After his first year at the Lugogo based side, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Mike Mutebi because he did not see him as part of his team’s future plans. He was also eventually let go, first, to Proline and next was back home at Bright Stars.
“He is not in my plans so he will leave even if it means terminating his contract.” Mike Mutebi said when asked about Muwanga before the 2019/20 season.
Musa Esenu – Central striker
Having failed on the hunt to sign Tony Our because contractual disagreements, Mike Mutebi scooped up free agent Musa Esenu.
Esenu who had spent the 2017/18 season at Kirinya Jinja SS (now Busoga United) on loan from Vipers signed a 2-year contract at KCCA.
But After joining the Club, Esenu never got enough playing time at the club, playing only three (3) games before being he was loaned out to URA FC for the rest of the season.
He was later released by the Kasasiro Boys.
Muhammad Abdallah – Midfielder
In May 2017, Muhammad Abdallah signed for KCCA FC as a free agent after running down his contract at SC Villa. The Central Midfielder was signed up as the replacement for Ivan Ntege who had left the club for Botswana’s Township Rollers. But the Midfielder made only 1 league appearance for the club and then vanished in thin air.
Petit Wanok – Forward
The worst, Wanok was signed by KCCA in the 2015/16 season on a 6 months probational contract from SC Victoria University.
Despite Mutebi’s belief that the 6-ft plus forward could improve the team’s goal-scoring capacity, Wanok fired blanks and failed to repay back the trust the team had in him. He was released at the end of the season, his contract wasn’t extended.