KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi Credit: Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

KCCA FC parted ways with head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi on Monday putting an end to a reign that has lasted for five years and ten months.

Mutebi who returned to MTN-Omondi Stadium in June, 2015 has been in charge of 247 games at KCCA FC, winning 152, drawing 56 and losing 39.

Kawowo Sports’ Joel Muyita in this article looks at the key moments/games that have defined Mutebi’s tenure at KCCA FC making him the most successful manager at the club.

1- Express FC 1-1 KCCA FC (League) – 24th May 2016

Mutebi could have started his coaching career immediately after forced retirement in 1993 when he replaced Peter Wandyette as assistant to Fred Mugisha at KCCA FC, but winning a major trophy had become elusive.

Whereas he deserves credit for KCCA FC league title in 1997 and the Uganda Cup in 2004, he wasn’t in charge when the two titles were won.

It was until 2016 that the flamboyant manager eventually had success coming his way after stints at KCCA FC, SC Villa, Miracle FC, Maroons FC and Simba FC (now UPDF FC).

The game that confirmed his first title came on 24th May 2016 at Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku against Express FC ending in a one-all draw.

What is most remembered about this game is that Mutebi substituted Emmanuel Magembe inside the opening ten minutes of the game, replacing him with Paul Mucureezi.

KCCA FC players lift Mike Mutebi aloft after winning the 2015/16 league title.

In a game of two halves, Express were dominant at the start pinning the visitors in their own half although they didn’t create as many opportunities.

Their dominance paid dividends midway the first stanza when Tony Odur was fouled by Joseph Ochaya in the area. Referee Mashood Ssali didn’t hesitate but point to the spot and from 12 yards, former KCCA winger Vincent Kayizzi made no mistake but send goalie Benjamin Ochan the wrong way for the hosts’ lead.

Muzamiru Mutyaba scored the equalizer in the 65th minute with his volley off Dennis Okot’s cross kissing the base of the post before finding its way to the back of the net.

KCCA FC players celebrating after the game.

At the end of the game, KCCA FC players lifted Mutebi aloft for a job well done in his first season, which was the team’s eleventh in history.

2- KCCA FC 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns FC (CAF Champions League) – 18th March 2017

After winning the 2015/16 league title, KCCA FC earned a ticket to represent Uganda in the CAF Champions League, at the preliminary round, they had eliminated Angola’s CD Primeiro 1st de Agosto to set up a date with Mamelodi Sundowns who were the defending champions.

KCCA FC lost the first leg in South Africa (2-1) and needed to win by a 1-0 score in Kampala.

KCCA FC players celebrate goal against Mamelodi Sundowns at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

At a well-attended game in Lugogo, Geoffrey Sserunkuma gave KCCA FC a deserved lead, heading home Brian Majwega’s pin point cross in the 31st minute.

The moment that sunk Lugogo and sending the stadium to silence came in the 81st minute when the KCCA defence failed to clear a high ball that found a totally unmarked Anthony Laffor who shot into the roof of the net from an acute angle for the equalizer.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Laffor had come on as a substitute, replacing Anele Ngcongca (RIP) and the result meant Mamelodi SUndowns progressed to the group stages.

KCCA FC on the other hand, dropped to the playoffs of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Anthony Laffor, Mamelodi Sundowns Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

KCCA FC could have been eliminated but they had rubbed shoulders with the best on the continent and gave them a run for their money.

KCCA Starting XI: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Denis Okot Oola (Captain), Joseph Ochaya, Habib Kavuma, Timothy Denis Awany, Isaac Kirabira, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Okello, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Brian Majwega

49′ Allan Okello OUT, Sulaimon Akinyemi Oladimeji IN
50′ Paul Mucureezi OUT, Paul Musamali IN
85′ Sulaimon Akinyemi Oladimeji OUT, Robert Sentongo IN

Subs Not Used: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Ivan Ntege, Tom Masiko, Vincent Kayizzi

3- Al Masry 1(3) -0(4) KCCA FC (CAF Confederation Cup) – 15th April 2017

After getting eliminated from CAF Champions League by Mamelodi Sundowns, KCCA FC dusted themselves up by earning a slot into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.

They had to overcome Egypt’s Al Masry in the playoffs winning 4-3 on penalties. KCCA FC had won 1-0 in Kampala but lost with the same score.
Benjamin Ochan was the hero in the penalty shootout saving two efforts and taking the last penalty to send KCCA FC into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.

After the toss, Ochan was the first between the goal posts. He was beaten by Al Masry skipper Ossama Moursi.
Geoffrey Sserunkuma who came off the bench made no mistake with KCCA’s first kick and the score was 1-1.

Ochan then took over to save Said Elsaid’s kick. Muzamiru Mutyaba then converted his and KCCA led the nerve wrecking shootout 2-1.

Ochan was at it again, diving the right way to save Ahmed Monsour’s kick.
Timothy Awany made it 3-1 for KCCA with his kick before Ochan was beaten by Al Masry’s goal scorer Ahmed Gomma.

Benjamin Ochan is joined by teammates in celebration after eliminating Al Masry.

Brian Majwega rustled his kick on to the crossbar and Elsayed Abdelaal took advantage to give Al Masry some hope in the tense shootout.

Benjamin Ochan then took on the responsibility of taking the decisive penalty for KCCA. He left Ahmed Abdelahim almost static with his kick as KCCA went into wild celebrations.

4- KCCA FC 7-0 Onduparaka FC (League) – 25th February 2017

25th February 2017 will forever remain a memorable day for KCCA FC staunch fans. This was the launch pad for Allan Okello who made his debut against Onduparaka FC.

He marked his first appearance in style, netting a hat trick and went on to be an influential figure at the club until he left last year to join Paradou AC in Algeria.

Allan Okello celebrates one of his goals against Onduparaka FC ón his debut. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

5- KCCA FC 1-0 St. George (CAF Champions League) – 17th March 2018

KCCA FC returned to CAF Champions League for a second successive campaign and this time went all the way to the group stages.

After eliminating CNaps, KCCA FC were pitted against St. George of Ethiopia and fought hard in the first leg, playing out a barren draw in Adis Ababa.

The return leg and decisive game in Kampala on 17th March 2018 saw KCCA FC overcome St. George thanks to Muhammad Shaban’s goal.

Muhammad Shaban scored the lone goal against St. George. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

KCCA FC became the first Ugandan club to qualify for the group stages of CAF Club competitions since change of format in 2004.

KCCA Starting XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Dennis Okot Oola, Habibu Kavuma, Timothy Dennis Awany (Captain), Isaac Kirabira, Paul Mucureezi (85′ Solomon Okwalinga), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Allan Okello (66′ Julius Poloto), Mustafa Kizza, Muhammed Shaban (90′ Patrick Kaddu), Derrick Nsibambi

Subs Not Used: Jamil Maliyamungu (G.K), Fillbert Obenchan, Lawrence Bukenya, Hassan Musana

6- KCCA FC 2-0 Al Ahly (CAF Champions League) – 15th May 2018

Upon qualification to the group stage of the 2018 CAF Champions League, KCCA FC were pitted in the same group with record champions Al Ahly SC, Township Rollers FC and Esperance FC.

After losing to Township Rollers in the first group game, KCCA FC had to face Al Ahly in their next game. At Mandela National Stadium, KCCA FC stunned the Red Devils, winning the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Saddam Juma and Timothy Awany (penalty).

KCCA FC eventually ended the campaign with six points from as many games.

Timothy Awany scored one of the goals against Al Ahly Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

7- Paidha Black Angels FC 0-2 KCCA FC (Uganda Cup) – 15th June 2017

Any football story in Uganda would be incomplete without mentioning VEK (SC Villa, Express FC and KCCA FC).

Express FC and SC Villa had for long bragged about winning a double (Uganda Cup and the League in the same season) and KCCA FC were the odd man out.

This talk was however put to bed on 15th June 2017 as KCCA FC defeated Paidha Black Angels FC in the final played at the Greenlight Stadium in Arua.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Derrick Nsibambi scored a goal apiece to guide KCCA FC to victory.

KCCA Starting XI in the 2017 Uganda Cup final. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

8- KCCA FC 7-1 URA FC (League) – 24th April 2018

The biggest loss for URA FC in the league. KCCA FC under Mike Mutebi were always ruthless and had no respect for their opponents.

URA FC under Paul Nkata felt the wrath at Lugogo with KCCA FC running riot thanks to a double brace (four goals) from Muhammad Shaban. The other goals were scored by Allan Okello, Patrick Kaddu and Paul Mucureezi.

Muhammad Shaban Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Nkata immediately after the game threw in the towel and was replaced by Sam Ssimbwa.

9- KCCA FC 9-0 Synergy FC (Uganda Cup) – May 18th 2018

Not the biggest in terms of magnitude but this ranks as Mike Mutebi’s biggest win as KCCA FC manager.

This was a return leg in the semi-finals of the 2018 Uganda Cup. KCCA FC won the first leg 1-0 in Masaka thanks to Patrick Kaddu’s goal.

The return leg in Lugogo saw KCCA FC dispatch Synergy FC with Kaddu netting a hat trick, Allan Okello and Steven Sserwadda grabbed a brace apiece while Jackson Nunda and Solomon Okwalinga also got onto the score sheet.

KCCA FC eventually went ahead to win the Cup that year edging past Vipers SC in the final.

10- Azam FC 0-1 KCCA FC (CECAFA Kagame Club Cup) – 21st July 2019

KCCA FC had last won the CECAFA Kagame Club Cup in 1978 and it was until 2019 that KCCA FC eventually reclaimed glory in East and Central Africa region.

Mustafa Kizza scored the solitary strike that guided KCCA FC to victory against Azam who they had also defeated in the group stages.

KCCA FC celebrate after winning the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup Credit: KCCA FC Media

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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