Newly appointed KCC FC manager Mike Mutebi has thanked former coaches, George ‘Best’ Nsimbe and Abdallah Mubiru for the good work done at the club.
Mutebi was responding to a query about what his strategic plan will at the club after being unveiled alongside his assistant Sam Ssimbwa by the City Executive Director Jennifer Musisi.
We are coming to the club which already has a strategic plan. Our duty is to improve what has already been put in place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our former coaches George ‘Best’ Nsimbe and Abdallah Mubiru for the good work they have done at the club in as far as growing the project is concerned. Our duty is to improve. We are coming to the club to fit in its plan not us to draw the plan.
The ex-SC Villa manager cum coach also promised to improve the team ahead of the upcoming competitions but also had words of praise for the current crop players at the club though.
You have heard from the ED and Chairman. To improve the team, you also have to improve the playing staff. Players at KCC currently are good; there are some good young players in the team as well the experienced. But we’ll look around and try reinforcing so that we can achieve the targets we have been tasked as you’ve heard-that’s winning the trophies.
Mutebi’s love for young players needs no introduction and the manager said the club will maintain their youth policy right from the reserve team, academy and even the first team.
About dealing with the youths, you can’t start without them. The Cristiano Ronaldos and we started as young players. We are working together like you have heard – the project is big. To get a reserve team plus the academy, you must get playing personnel and certainly, you have to start with the youths. Like I have said, there is already something in place and we are here to improve it.
A lot has been said about how the two (Mutebi and Ssimbwa) are likely to conflict with some sections of people describing them working together as “Two lions in the den” but the soft spoken ex-Miracle coach denied us and promised no conflict expected.
Besides football, for those of you who have seen me with my brother (Ssimbwa), our relationship goes beyond football. About conflict of interests, there isn’t going to be any. We are grown men. We know what we are tasked to do and we are going to do it well. On that, we can assure you.
The duo return to Lugogo for the third time in coaching capacities but on the previous occasions, they haven’t left peacefully.
Mutebi had stints in 1997 and 2004 end without finishing his contract as well as Ssimbwa in 2002 and 2009 but the two ex-players at the club say they return under different circumstances as compared to then which makes them optimistic.
I think both of us are coming back for the third time. But we are coming home. We are coming back under different circumstances. Before, we were coaches of KCC FC but now it’s KCCA FC. Already, that’s a difference. And then, there was no Chief Executive Officer Director but chairman.
You have heard about the budget (Musisi promised the club 1.8bn Shs in the next financial year) back then, we were working on a shoe string budget and you know the history but the all idea is that this is a new different dispensation, new project.
Mutebi and Ssimbwa have penned a three year deals and their first assignment will be leading the club at CECAFA Kagame Cup which gets underway in July in Tanzania.