Ibrahim Kirya Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Mbarara City Football Club has sacked their head coach Ibrahim Kirya over unsatisfactory results.

[/media-credit] Tough times for Ibrahim Kirya on the turf sidelines Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

The development to relieve the former Uganda Cranes defender of his duties was confirmed to Kawowo Sports by a top club official, Sseka Mutaka.

We have agreed in principle to let Ibrahim Kirya go because the results so far are not convincing and there is no hope that the club will improve in the nearby future.

Kirya joined the Ankole Lions two days after he had lost his job at URA Football Club. He had previously coached Sports Club Villa Jogoo and Lweza before joining the tax collectors and later Mbarara City.

In the five matches he handled the Ankole Lions, Kirya guided them to two victories in the Uganda Cup, two draws and losses apiece.

The latest 1-0 away defeat to UPDF at the Bombo Military Stadium might have ignited the ill situation for the Kirya.

Earlier, they had also lost 2-0 to Vipers at St Mary’s Kitende as well as drawn with Soana and Police in goalless stalemates.

Kirya was officially ushered in at the Mbarara based club on Friday, 22nd December 2017 after a day long period of successful negotiations during a special function that took place at the roof top of Mbarara Shopping Mall.

Days earlier, he had been sacked at URA Football Club alongside his assistant James Odoch over unconvincing results.

Odoch is now at another Mbarara based club, Nyamityobora F.C which plays in the second tier league – the FUFA Big League.

Temporary solution

Senior players Asuman Kihogo Alishe and goalkeeper Ali Kimera have been appointed as the interim head coaches coming to Thursday’s encounter with Maroons at Kakyeka stadium.

“Yes, Alishe (Asuman) and Ali Kimera will be interim coaches to see us through this challenging moment,” Mutaka added.

Mbarara City is currently in 11th position on the 16 team log with 21 points.

Next Matches (Match Day 20):

Thurday, 8th March 2018:

  • Mbarara City Vs Maroons – Kakyeeka Stadium, Mbarara

Friday, 9th March 2018

  • Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs UPDF – Bugembe Stadium, Jinja (Live on TV, 4:00 pm)
  • Masavu Vs Bright Stars – Fisheries Training Institute, Bugonga (Entebbe) – 4:30 pm
  • Proline Vs BUL – Lugogo, Kampala (4:30 pm)

Saturday, 10th March 2018 (4:00 pm):

  • Police Vs Express – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
  • Onduparaka Vs SC Villa Jogoo – Green Light Stadium, Arua
  • Soana Vs URA – Kavumba Recreational Centre, Wakiso (Live on TV)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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