After close to four weeks of speculation on who would replace Serbian coach Srdan Zivojnov at Villa Park, the SC Villa board have surprisingly named coach Mike Mutebi as the man to take over the hot seat at villa. The former cranes tactician has been unveiled today at the club house and has signed a three year renewable contract worth 120 million shilling per year with the Jogoos.
This will come as a surprise to many
villa fans that associate Mike with K.C.C having played and coached the club on two stints. Despite not applying for the job, Villa football director Kanaaba Joseph said “It took a lot of convincing for Mutebi to accept and in fact at one time we had given up. He wasn’t among the applicants but we head-hunted him because of his philosophy, which fits well into Villa’s five-year plan.
Mike Mutebi argued that the only reason why he accepted to take up this new challenge was because of the big plans Villa has for football. The level of organisation at the club in just one year since the new Villa board under the leadership of youthful but ambitious lawyer Fred Muwema was instituted in July 2010 is an encouraging sign and “as a coach I am looking forward to meeting the players and helping the club succeed in realising its goals”.
Mutebi is regarded as one of the best coaches in Uganda and has a lot of experience as regards Ugandan football despite having taken a break from coaching super league clubs since his last stint at Luzira based Maroons side in the 2007/08 season.
Since then, Mutebi has been heavily involved in the scouting of players especially through his technical coordinator role in the Coca-Cola Post Primary football competition. Because of that, he will play a big role in spotting raw talent for Villa and building the club’s structure with all under-age categories included in his work-plan. He is most remembered for grooming and nurturing the likes of Cranes captain Ibrahim ssekagya, Morley Byekwaso, Hussein Ssali, Wilson Ggayi and Lawrence Musoke among others while at K.C.C F.C. Despite resigning his coaching post at K.C.C F.C with five games to go in the 1997 super league, he is creditted by many as the man who won the trophy for the club.
Mutebi is set to work under a British model where he is the manager something that last happened at Villa during the fruitful years of Coach Mitcho Sredojovich. Club chairman Fred Muwema who looked excited confirmed to Kawowo Sports, ‘’Mutebi is going to be addressed as manager because his duties extend beyond coaching the team but also the welfare and management of the players is his responsibility’’. The man has appointed his back room staff to work with that consists of Badru Kaddu as the first team coach, Eddie Butindo as the villa chief scout and Paul “latest’ Nkata as the reserve coach and the man responsible for youth duties.
The trio is set to begin duties with effect today at 3.00PM at the club based training ground – Villa Park. This brings the work of stand in Coach Joseph Kanaaba to a halt and interestingly, the interim coach has in the past three weeks applied a 3-5-2 system at Villa Park which the new coach used at K.C.C. As Mike Mutebi takes over today, the board also had a word of applause to football director Joseph Kanaaba for the period he has handled the side and also in the process of searching for a new coach.
Mike Mutebi Fact file
Schools: Namilyango Junior School, Kibuli SS and Nkumba University
Clubs Coached: Miracle (1993-1995), KCC (1996-1997), Simba (1998-2003), KCC (2004) and Maroons (2007-2008)
National Teams: Under-20 (1999) and Cranes (2004)
Coaching Qualifications: Uefa ‘B’ License from the German Football Association (DFB)