Mike Mutebi is surely one of the most successful managers ever in Ugandan football history and the best KCCA has ever had.
The gaffer as commonly known has won almost everything in his six year spell at the club save for the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup but guided the club to Group stages of both competition.
So many fans at Lugogo and across the country love him and of course he has as many haters especially outside Lugogo as well.
But whether you love him or hate him, he has given KCCA six incredible years of his guidance and has been one of the most admired and respected persons in the game till date.
He is an amazing person, an interesting one often, and has never feared anyone in his path to say or express his feelings. That has created some of the best sayings by the coach in his third tenure as the Kasasiro manager.
While I have collected some of the best ones, the list is simply endless.
Back in 2015, Mutebi (and Ssimbwa) was joining KCCA FC on a third stint as a coach having managed the team in 1997 and 2004.
“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 had kind words for predecessors Abdallah Mubiru and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe on his appointment
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.
On their appointment, many fans predicted both Mutebi and Ssimbwa couldn’t work together but the gaffer had a different view
It’s laughable that people question our working relationship. For some of you who have known us for long know that the relationship with my brother goes beyond football. There won’t be any conflict of interests, we are grown men, we know what we are supposed to do we are going to do it well, for that we can assure you.
Just six months into the season, Sam Ssimbwa was indefinitely suspended by the club over a recording; Mutebi said he wasn’t going to be missed.
As a brother and a colleague, his sacking brings emotional distortion. However, it doesn’t have effect as regards the technical bit. It won’t affect proceedings on the pitch. We shall miss him emotionally but not tactically.
After winning the title in 2016, Mutebi said it was the first genuinely won title in Uganda, he later said KCCA had a budget for bribing referees
I put my arm to be sacrificed because I know it’s true. All the titles that have been won in the last twenty years have been fixed. It’s not only KCCA but Villa, Express, you know URA. It’s known but because some of you who are not candid and frank, you know these things and you fear. I am honest. Yes, there used to be a budget for those years not only at KCCA and these were found out at the continent where they were not aided.
Tunisia’s Club Africain beat KCCA 4-0 in the Caf Confederation Cup Tunis but Mike Mutebi had to say this;
We can’t mortgage our identity. That business of parking the bus is not our way. We have to frustrate them even if they are at home because I believe we have the players to match them. We are going to play to win the match, the worst we want in that game is a draw but the priority is a win and that’s what we shall play for.
When KCCA lost 2-1 to Onduparaka in Arua in 2015, Mutebi turned to the match officials calling them silly;
True, referees make mistakes but if they are consistent, then they cease to be so. The pair today (Friday) was stupid and silly in their performance. Silly, Silly, Silly and Silly.
I am not one to find excuses. But I believe we partly lost because of silly and stupid refereeing.
Mutebi was bitter when Taddeo Lwanga tackled Allan Okello out of the game at Kitende
“I had to withdraw him since Taddeo (Lwanga) was all over him. He kicked him, badly tackled him and it wasn’t wise to keep him on. He is a player we can’t sacrifice to win a title because we need him in the future. He is the only genuine number 10 that this country has but he is not accorded any protection from the referees.”
The gaffer rarely gets worried of opponents but he once did. Later, he went on to sign that particularly player and he flopped;
“I am only worried about that big centre forward (Odumwegu). He is huge, left sided and uses the ball well. Actually, among all the clubs we have played, he leads the line well. He is the best of all we have faced on the continent.”