Ugandan Christopher Mark Kiwomya, the recently appointed Manager/head coach of Notts County football club, is having a dire start at his coaching career with the English League One team.

Kiwomya who was made full manager of the World’s oldest professional football club earlier this month and has no assistant yet, has managed the Magpies team (Notts County FC) for four league matches where he has collected 5 points from 4 games. Formed in 1862

Chris lost 2-0 in his first match as Magpies coach to Stevenage FC but a-4-1 massive win over visiting Bury at Meadow Lane stadium in Nottingham over the weekend came to his rescue and marked a first win in Kiwomya’s managerial career at the club. The big win followed a double draw (1-1) of Walsall and Crewe Alexandra. 

Notts County who are traveling to Tranmere Rovers to play their game in hand on Wednesday 27th Feb, are currently 10th on the log with 48points from 33games. Sheffield United are top on the table with 60 points while former premier league team Portsmouth is at the bottom with 23points.

Who is Kiwomya?

Christopher Mark “Chris” Kiwomya (born 2 December 1969 in) is an English former professional footballer of Ugandan descent and the current Manager of Football League One side team Notts County football club.

He played as a Forward from 1987 until 2002 notably in the Premier League for Ipswich Town and Arsenal. He also played in the Football League for Queens Park Rangers now in Premier league, as well as playing in France for Le Havre, Selangor and AaB. He also played for the England U21 team preventing him playing for the Uganda national team that he absolutely qualified for through his parentage, and after retiring the fluent Luganda speaking man began coaching at former club Ipswich.

He was at Ipswich Town as a trainee and played over 250 games, and was the club’s top scorer in the 1991–92 season in which Ipswich were promoted from the old Second Division. In total he scored over 50 goals for the East Anglian club, working in partnership with Jason Dozzell. Whilst at Ipswich he played for England U21s,

He signed a £1.25 million deal with Arsenal Football Club in February 1995, as one of George Graham’s last signings for the club along with John Hartson. He made his debut against Everton on 14 January 1995, but failed to make a lasting impression at Arsenal; although he scored three goals in 17 appearances, he did not play for them after 1994-95 season. 

Graham had been sacked in February for a highly publicized “bungs” incident, and Stewart Houston had remained in charge until the appointment of Bruce Rioch after the end of the season. The acquisition of Dennis Bergkamp, as well as competition from the likes of Ian Wright and Hartson, left Kiwomya way down the pecking order.

He spent 1996–97 on loan at Le Havre AC of France, making 7 appearances without scoring. He also spent time with Selangor FA in Malaysian league. 

In August 1998, more than three years after his last game for Arsenal, he finally left Highbury on a free transfer and signed for QPR. He played for QPR for three seasons, scoring 30 times in almost 100 appearances before joining AaB Aalborg in Denmark in 2001, again on a free transfer. His contract was cancelled later that year after he failed to secure a first team place and he returned to England to trial for Grimsby Town where he remained at the club for two months on a non-contract basis but failed to make an appearances before joining Sheffield United on trial, but failed to secure a contract with The Blades and subsequently called time on his professional football career.

Chris’ coaching career

In July 2008 he was appointed as reserve team development coach at Ipswich Town, left the position in May 2011 and was appointed Development Squad Manager at Notts County.

Kiwomya was appointed Caretaker of the Megpies on 3rd-Feb-2013 and announced full Manager on 22nd same month and year after the sacking of Keith Curle who managed the team for 51 games, won 23, drew and lost 14 times.

Christopher Mark “Chris” Kiwomya is the brother of fellow former player Andy Kiwomya, but sorry to say, Chris’s seven year old son, Lucas died suddenly on 19 September 2012 after suffering breathing difficulties. Your wish to him is as same as mine.

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