Six coaches who could replace Morley Byekwaso at KCCA FC

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Danito NSUBUGA

After falling to Soltilo Bright Stars and eventually getting knocked out of the Uganda cup, KCCA FC head coach Morley Byekwaso bowed to the pressure and announced that he was leaving his role.

The club club has this morning released a statement in reaction to Byekwaso’s pronouncement but it only served to show that the club is aware of the circumstances.

He took the helms two years ago, fresh from making history with the national U-20 side after leading them to their first ever AFCON finals, lost to Ghana in the final and they qualified for the World Cup (The tournament was however called off due to COVID-19).

In his resignation remark, Byekwaso pointed to player power as the biggest reason behind his struggles and KCCA will have to put this in mind before making any choice for a replacement.

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Here are the six men we think can take over from Byekwaso.

Mike Mutebi

His achievements during the latest spell are testament to why his name will forever be engrained in the club’s folklore, he achieved tremendous success both local and internationally.

It is believed that contacts have already been made with him to lure him back to the club which he also calls home.

Asaph Mwebaze

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Another self confessed faithful of the club, Mwebaze has immense experience in the game having managed at Maroons, Onduparaka and now Soltilo Bright Stars.

He is a student of the free flowing style of football fancied at Lugogo and exhibited that during the short spell at Kavumba.

Asaph Mwebaze beat KCCA on Sunday to lead Soltilo Bright Stars to their second ever Uganda cup semifinals and could better Fred Kajoba’s exploits of 2018/19 when they lost to Proline in the final. Photo/ Bata Images

Abdallah Mubiru

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The former Cranes tactician needs no introduction at Lugogo, he has been there before with Proline FC and Police and also worked with Vipers SC.

Mubiru’s attacking philosophy would perfectly suit the brand that is desired by KCCA FC.

Currently at Tanzania’s Mbeya city, the soft spoken tactician would definitely fancy a return to one of Uganda’s biggest clubs.

Current coach of Mbeya city FC in Tanzania, Mubiru has experience having worked with Proline, Vipers and Police FC. Photo/Sports lens

Baker Mbowa

The former KCCA darling achieved great adoration as a player and he would be welcomed as one of their own.

The CAF B licenced coach is credited for having led Proline to promotion in 2016 and also helped them reach Uganda cup glory alongside Shafiq Bisaso.

Mbowa is unattached since parting ways with URA FC in January. He was previously a candidate for the club’s assistant coach job earlier this season. Also had a short spell at Soltilo Bright Stars last season.

Baker Mbowa is a former KCCA player and he would be welcomed with open arms. Photo/courtesy

John Ayala Luyinda

His first job as full time head coach with Wakiso Giants has proved John Luyinda as one of the most tactically astute young coaches in the country, his good man management skills, the love for free flowing exciting football as evidenced at Wakiso would qualify him as suitable candidate for the big one at Lugogo.

Luyinda has transformed Wakiso Giants with a sweet to watch brand of football in his first season as head coach. Photo/Wakiso Giants media

Charles Livingston Mbabazi

A journeyman in the game but has always left a telling impact wherever he has been.

Led Onduparaka to one of their best ever topflight finishes in the league, made Mbarara city a no go zone and he decently prevailed over Arua Hill’s first ever season in the topflight.

His European experience as a player and international coaching experience with the Cranes would make him a standout safe bet to take over at KCCA FC.

THE OUTSIDERS.

It is most likely that Charles Kadidi Senyange will be entrusted with seeing out the season. He took charge of this morning’s training session and you never know, if he performs better, he may take the job permanently.

Jackson Mayanja

The club legend my also be thought especially on interim basis as a thorough search for a permanent coach goes on.

Mayanja has coaches across the borders in Rwanda and Tanzania and also coached here at Vipers and Kyetume. He is currently unattached after being relieved of the national U-20 duties.

Jackson Mayanja. Photo/courtesy

Hussein Mbalangu

The current Blacks Power head coach could also be thought of, in fact the club wanted to bring him in as an assistant to Morley Byekwaso.

He is credited to have guided Arua Hill to their maiden promotion to topflight football.

Hussein Mbalangu is a notorious disciplinarian who would not struggled to stamp his authority on a disjointed dressing room. Photo/courtesy

A foreign coach.

We have no idea on whom this could be but judging by the club’s ties and partnerships in South Africa, you can not rule out a possibility of one of the coaches from that region to take over.

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