Composed with the ball at his feet, with a great touch and close control, Kefa Kisala remains one of the greatest left wingers Ugandan football has ever witnessed.
Born in 1974 to Miriam Nambi and late Michael Kiwanuka of Bamusuta, Ndese, Kisala went to Nsambya St. Peter’s Primary School and Old Kampala SS for his primary and secondary school education respectively. Soccer career: Kefa Kisala commenced his illustrious soccer career at Makindye Officers Mess football pitch located in Makindye division. The pitch is reknowned for grooming a lot of stars that include former Uganda Cranes and Coffee right winger Obadia Ssemakula plus many in the current generation that include among others Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana, Noah Ssemakula and Nestroy Kizito among others.
While playing for Old Kampala SS in the inter-schools competitions, Kisala’s talent caught the attention of super league clubs who vyed for his signature. Joining Military Police FC In a move that people saw as a way to reward the ground that aided his rise to the beautiful game, a young Kisala opted to join Military Police FC, a side that used ‘Mess’ as the ground is literally known as its training pitch. He spent the entire 1991 season at the club before Express FC snapped up him. At Express FCHe joined the ‘Red Eagles’ in 1992 at a time when the late David Otti was rebuliding the side. The veteran Coach included the youngster in the Express FC side that travelled to Kenya for build up games ahead of the season. He made his debut against Kenya Breweries and was impressive in all the warm up games played. Kefa Kisala made his league debut for the Wankulukuku side against Nile FC in March 1992. The game ended in a 1-1 draw but unfortunately, he got injured and stretchered off the pitch which sidelined him for close to two months. On his return from injury in May 1992, he scored one and assisted Isa Ssekatawa to score the other as Express FC beat Entebbe Young FC 2-0 in a league game.
By 1993, Kisala had established himself as a vital player for the side scoring two goals and creating three assists in the first five games in the league. However, he missed two golden chances as Express crashed out of the Caf Cup Winners at the hands of El-Merreikh of Sudan. He was back at his best as Express FC humiliated rivals KCC FC with a 6-0 victory. It was Kisala and James Kirinya on the left and right flanks that led the assault on the Lugogo based side to send the red army in the stands into rapture. Kisala’s artistry in the 1993 title deciderIt was a game where Express FC just needed a point to lift the title for the first time in 18 years. It also proved a game that pitted Kisala against Paul Hasule
Kefa Kisala Factfile: He played for only three clubs (Military Police, Express and KCC). He won two league titles with Express (1995 and 1996) and five Kakungulu Cups (1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001). Won the 1997 Bika bya’Baganda football Shield with Nyonyi Clan. He won one Cecafa Cup title (1996). As coach, he won the 2006 Uganda Cup with Express. e has so far coached; Bazza, Express, Maji, Iganga, Masaka LC and Bidco FC. Article credits: Hassan Badru Zziwa – The Observer Media Ltd, Fred Tamale – Former Express FC star Email: firstname.lastname@example.org