Second place finish was good enough for URA – Ssimbwa

Sam Ssimbwa has for the greater part of his managerial career earned the reputation of being Ugandan football’s most turbulent nomad, a stereotype that resurfaced again in the year 2018 when he consolidated power at URA FC. The feeling from the football enthusiasts in the country was clearly bent on this eventually becoming one of … The post Second place finish was good enough for URA – Ssimbwa appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

Second place finish was good enough for URA – Ssimbwa

Sam Ssimbwa has for the greater part of his managerial career earned the reputation of being Ugandan football’s most turbulent nomad, a stereotype that resurfaced again in the year 2018 when he consolidated power at URA FC.

The feeling from the football enthusiasts in the country was clearly bent on this eventually becoming one of his sojourns and that the enigmatic gaffer would opt out of his contract after a year or less.

To everyone’s surprise, however, Ssimbwa saw out his three-year contract with the Tax Collectors-the longest he has served at a single club throughout his journey oriented coaching career that dates back to the late ninties.

Former URA coach Sam Ssimbwa talks to then his players in their game against Bright Stars | URA FC Photo

He personally takes it to the extremes and deduces that his stay with his now former bosses would have even lasted longer.

If only both parties had agreed to meet each other’s demands as a prerequisite to extending their affair.

Commendably, his reign saw a drastic evolution in the club’s status from a number of aspects but most notably in the team performance on the pitch during their magnificent adventure in the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League season.

It is the above performance that FUFA used as a benchmark to inform their selection as Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup-a feat last achieved in 2015.

The Express FC 2012 title winning gaffer however maintains that guiding the Tax Collectors to continental football was just sufficient.

Despite the sentiments from the many who thought that Ssimbwa had enough in his armoury to at least add something to the club’s trophy cabinet.

Former URA coach Sam Ssimbwa (R) celebrates with Brian Majwega during a league game at the Arena of Visions | Bata Images (John Batanudde)

“Yes I would have loved to win a trophy for URA but then we lacked the kind of quality in players to help us achieve that,” Ssimbwa told Football256 in an exclusive interview.

“Even those that many regarded as the best at the club, it was our effort as the technical team to turn them into good players and that took the majority of the time,” he added.

“Saidi Kyeyune is a very good player but left at the start of last season and Shafiq Kagimu, while equally good, could not shoulder the team on his own,” Simbwa revealed.

“Maybe next season would have been the time because the likes of Steven Mukwala have joined the party, Kyeyune has since returned but the club management decided against me retaining the job,” he emotionally stated.

Ssimbwa also confessed: “I love URA and would really have wished to win a lot with the team because I have struggled to bring it back to the very top. “That is my only regret, but about the last three years, a return to the continent stands out.”

Former URA coach Sam Ssimbwa (R) and SC Villa coach Edward Kaziba (L) share a light moment at the Arena of Visions |Courtesy photo

The two-legged CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round fixture tips URA against Ethiopian Coffee, the first leg slated for this Sunday, September 12 at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.

While Simeon Masaba and Sam Timbe commence their quest of steering the team forward, Ssimbwa will look at the current state in despair and with little sour grapes since he is not assigned to any football job.

“Coaching football is my job and I can work with any team as long as they can match my requirements.”

“I am not in touch with any local team currently because my suitors are foreign based. It is not the right time to reveal them,” Simbwa noted.

The street rumours have however linked the former KCCA FC and SC Villa gaffer to newly-promoted side Gaddafi FC who are searching for a coach with UPL experience. It might be an amazing turn of events.

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