Is Byekwaso upgrading or slowly burying the KCCA FC identity

Bickering at Lugogo saw Morley Byekwaso temporarily take over managerial duties from Mike Mutebi midway until the end of the season. Despite the changes, and KCCA having played a game more than all the top three contenders, they still finished with 10 points less than eventual champions Express, nine behind URA and eight shy of … The post Is Byekwaso upgrading or slowly burying the KCCA FC identity appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

Is Byekwaso upgrading or slowly burying the KCCA FC identity

Bickering at Lugogo saw Morley Byekwaso temporarily take over managerial duties from Mike Mutebi midway until the end of the season.

Despite the changes, and KCCA having played a game more than all the top three contenders, they still finished with 10 points less than eventual champions Express, nine behind URA and eight shy of Vipers.

The Kasasiro Boys only managed to collect 48 points from 26 games, consisting of 14 wins and six draws plus a worrying seven losses.

KCCA FC chairman Martin Ssekajja looks on as Byekwaso signs on the dotted line / KCCA FC Media

Respectfully, a fourth place finish on the league table is distant and unacceptable according to the club standards and this characterizing their campaign, only pointed to how much work the new management had to do.

Byekwaso was excused for the club’s dismal performance to be trusted with a three-year permanent contract that would allow him ample time to make amends. The amount of time is enough for the gaffer to prove his worth without any excuses.

He kicked off by realigning his backroom staff, and would later embark on assembling a strong team of players ahead of a competitive new campaign.

His latest additions being Elvis Mwanje and Ibrahim Juma who were both promoted from the team’s junior side.

The nine others are Brian Majwega, Brian Kayanja, Geoffrey Wasswa, Emmanuel Wasswa, Yasser Mugerwa, Innocent Wafula, Derrick Ochan, Arafat Usama and Mato Rodgers.

KCCA interim manager then Morley Byekwaso (L) walks off the pitch crestfallen alongside defender Herbert Achai (R)

No doubt, the list is full of all fine players and also evident that the KCCA coach is under a bit of pressure to deliver instant results with the help of already tried and proven players.

Just like all good stories never lack a downgrade, Byekwaso also axed some of the developing academy players in the process of reinforcing his squad and getting them ready for the new season.

Filbert Obenchan was the first academy graduate to be shown the exit, followed by goalkeeper Hassan Matovu, towering defender Samuel Kato Nemeyimana before Moses Aliro.

Kato was let go in order to pave way for a more proven Geoffrey Wasswa, Matovu was clamouring for more and was let go for Derrick Ochan with further reports linking Benjamin Ochan with a return to Lugogo.

Meanwhile, local reports have indicated that former SC Villa and Vipers striker Davis Kasirye is undergoing trials for a possible KCCA contract yet Joseph Kafumbe has been asked to find solace elsewhere.

Morley Byekwaso delivers instructions to his players during training | KCCA FC photo

On the flipside, Byekwaso might just easily come off as a huge fan of ‘talented little ones’ and according to some at the club, the gaffer is still abiding with the KCCA norm.

The former KCCA midfielder’s disappointment may only come from him expecting the younger players to develop a little faster than they happen to do.

Besides Mwanje and Juma in the current KCCA FC squad, Ali Mwirusi, Sadat Anaku, Musa Ramathan, Ayella Dominic, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Kizza Bukenya, Julius Poloto, Joseph Kafumbe and Jurua Hassan are all graduates of the KCCA FC soccer academy.

However, a minority of fans at Lugogo seem unhappy with Byekwaso’s approach and accuse him of looking for a quick fix in search of instant results, something which according to them is a contradiction to Mutebi’s philosophy.

Whether or not Byekwaso’s ultimate resolution was commendable will be seen as early as mid 2022 by judging from the Kasasiro Boys’ display on the pitch and the ultimate achievements at the conclusion of the season.

Yet, to generally assess whether he has suffocated, or actually gave life to KCCA’s identity in the event, that might have to be looked upon as a process all throughout his three-year tenure at Lugogo, at the minimum.

Only time will tell.

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