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CAF “C”  licensed coach Allan Kabonge Kivewala tags himself as “Teacher”, “The Messiah” and the “promotion king”.

Allan Kabonge removed his shirt in celebration after guiding Paidha Black Angels F.C to the Uganda Premier league Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The youthful stylish football tactician has made himself a name by guiding a number of clubs to the highest football division – the Uganda Premier League.

Once again, Kabonge inspired West Nile based club Paidha Black Angels F.C to the top flight division on Sunday, 20th May 2018, the third club in three consecutive years that the 29 year old coach has led to the premier tier of football in Uganda.

The former Uganda U-23 player who also played top flight football at Express and Victors Football Clubs bragged thereafter;

I am so happy for this achievement once again. I am the Messiah of Uganda’s football. I am so talented and that is the reason, I keep promoting clubs. Players love me and I love them. Football is a job that requires excellent man management skills and that is exactly me. I am Allan Kabonge Kivewala the Messiah.

This is the fourth overall club that he has promoted after Aurum Roses, Masavu and lately Onduparaka.

Before joining Paidha Black Angels, Kabonge was at Lira United Football Club, a side he quit under mysterious circumstances mid-way for the West Nile side.

[/media-credit] Paidha Black Angels players carry aloft coach Allan Kabonge after achieving qualification Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

For starters, Paidha Black Angels FC overcame Hoima Municipality based Kitara F.C 4-2 in a pulsating post match penalty shoot-out played at the Star Times Stadium Lugogo, Kampala.

Crafty midfielder Yusuf Ssozi, second half substitute Andrew Kidega, Yudah Mugalu and another substitute Ceaser Olega for the “Blacks” in the tense penalty shoot-out.

Ivan Kyotelekera and Samuel Adibo were on target for Kitara.

Billy Herbert “Counsel” Alinda blasted his kick over the bar whilst Rogers Lukwiya’s weak last kick was saved by former SC Villa Jogoo goalkeeper Odongo to send the enthusiastic crowd, players and sympathizers into excitement.

Meanwhile, Kabonge is ready to complete the CAF “B” licence course, a stepping stone to coaching in the top flight football division.

It is only CAF delaying me to study. When the course comes up, I will be the first to head to class. My major problem has been lack of fees contrary to what people are saying that I do not like to go for classes. I am ready. Have you ever seen a child they facilitate to go for classes and he fails? I request for FUFA to help me also because I have helped many players who are currently playing on the national team and under age sides.

[/media-credit] FUFA Executive Committee member Rogers Byamukama greets Paidha Black Angels head coach Allan Kabonge (with tinted hair) before the semi-final clash against Kabale Sharp Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Kabonge also runs a football club in Entebbe called the Lake Victoria Soccer Academy.

He has previously coached and guided Mmamba Ggabunga to the famous Bika Bya Buganda football title and coached Buwekuula Ssaza in the 2018 Airtel Masaza tournament.

Paidha Black Angels joins fellow West Nile region club Onduparaka in the top flight football and fans eagerly await the derby game between the two sides.

[/media-credit] Allan Kabonge (far left) with the rest of the Paidha Black Angels technical team Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Meanwhile, in the championship final to determine the overall winner of the 2017/18 FUFA Big league final, Ndejje University overcame Mbarara based Nyamityobora 1-0.

Striker Noel Nasasira, on loan from KCCA scored the lone goal on the day, a fierce shot from 25 yards past the diving goalkeeper Hillary Jumi in the 8th minute of the game.

Nasasira was crowned as the Most Valuable Player of the FUFA Big league as Amuka Bright Stars’ striker Dickens Okwi top scored the net busters’ charts with 14 goals.

The FUFA Big league was started in the 2009/10 season.

Allan Kabonge quick facts:

  • Full Names: Allan Kabonge Ponsiano Kivewala
  • Age: 28 years
  • Parents: Ronald Kasujja and Agnes Nalweyiso
  • Education: Butega Primary School, Mityana, St Jude S.S (S.1-S.4), Bishop Sisto Mazolidi S.S, Lweza (A-Level)
  • Coaching Education: CAF ‘C’ Licence certificate
  • Football Career: Friends of Football (FOF), Mityana Utoda, Bugiri Old Timers, Chemilis Sugar Company (Kenya), Agro Chemicals (Kenya), Victors, Express, Mgano (DR Congo), A.S Kigali (Rwanda), Uganda U-20
  • Coaching Career: Lake Victoria Soccer Academy, Nkumba University, Aurum Roses, Gomba, Busiro, Uganda Red Cross, Onduparaka, Masavu F.C, Busiro Ssaza, Buwekula Ssaza, Lira United, Paidha Black Angels Football Club
  • Achievements: Won the 2014 Bika Bya Buganda Football Championships, Guided Four Clubs to the Uganda Premier League (Aurum Roses, Masavu, Onduparaka and Paidha Black Angels), Scored the winning goal that saved Express from relegation in the 2007/8 season
  • Best dish: Matooke served with Ground Nuts mixed with beef

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

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