A mention of the name Richard Kirumira at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku brings back memories of the glory days at the club.
The fullback was part of the successful Red Eagles side that dominated the 90s winning three league titles and five Uganda Cup trophies.
On Wednesday, Kirumira, who is on holiday from the United Kingdom where is a resident paid a courtesy visit to Wankulukuku, on a day, the club unveiled their new players ahead of what promises to be a tough season.
The diminutive former star donated goalkeeper gloves, ten balls and pairs of boots to the club and urged players to play with hunger, desire and love for the Red Eagles.
“If you play with passion and dedication, the fans will you,” he urged. “Besides, know that you won’t play football forever so utilise the opportunity you have now,” he added.
The six times league champions have in the previous campaigns had a financial crisis with players going unpaid for months and many have walked out of Wankulukuku in frustration.
Kirumira reminded those in attendance who included among others fans and administrators how they went over nine months during their playing days but still won trophies for the club and thus urged players to think about playing first.
In the early 90s, I recall a period when we went nine months without any wages. But we won the Uganda Cup in 1991 and 1992. Yes, money is important but if you play well, money will come.
Reports are ripe that Wasswa Bbosa has been relegated to handle the Junior side at the club due lack of CAF ‘B’ coaching license but Kirumira instead urged the club administration to help him because he is a good coach.
I want all fans to thank Wasswa Bbosa for things he has done to ensure the club remains in existence even under difficult situations. He may be without qualification but he is a good coach and the club needs to help him.
Kirumira shed tears as he tried to reminisce the days when the club lost key personnel in Patrick Kiwanuka, Team Manager and Coach Robert Kiberu among others insisting everyone should do their work to avoid crossing paths of the others.
Back in the days, Express had administration, fans and players. Our Chairman Bbaale Mugera used to say, let everyone do his task. I think we follow his advice, Express will be back to where it belongs.
Express last won the championship in 2011/12 and with new leadership, talk of the title is vibrant among the Wankulukuku faithful.