After over twenty years of coaching locally in Uganda finally coach Mike Mutebi won his maiden Uganda topflight league title with KCCA FC after his side settled for the a 1-all draw with Express FC in Wankulukuku on Tuesday. And this Friday the champions will be crowned after their last league game and here is what Mutebi had to say after the win.
What have been the factors that enabled you win your maiden title?
Unity amongst the players has been a key factor. In fact in my career I have never seen a united team like the KCCA FC of this season. They have been working together as a team sincerely however, I cant forget my top bosses also we used to seat and discuss. Also money factor has helped us because players have been getting their money in time.
Which players are you proud of, who have been instrumental in the campaign?
All the players have been instrumental however building the team has been just work in progress. But the likes of Paul Muculezi, Saka Mpiima, Joseph Ochaya and Benjamin Ochan all have been instrumental. At first, some of which couldn’t respect me as their coach but gradually they realized it and started to build that togetherness in the team.
Is it true that there have been some people who were not on the same page with you?
Yes but in Uganda it is common. Players knew that some people were against our missions but they had to continue to battle in the race for title. And that habit will always halt Ugandan coaches to success if not stopped.
Have you won the league by luck or you have worked for it?
In blind people expect to find the eyed. Vipers and KCCA FC have been the eyed because they had proper preparations.
How do you feel winning the first title as a coach?
It doesn’t matter winning or not but the fact that I can prepare players for their future gain matters a lot. Every coach can win but living a legacy is more important.
Why have you been failing the last times you attempted to win the league?
Traitors and hatred have been the factors and with that you can do nothing. You can even do nothing when your compatriots are not behind you. In 1997 my bosses at KCC FC failed and in 2003 they wanted me to work under their non-constructive instructions and I left, to instruct me like that I better quit.
They say you are so bossy
Its only because I am so straight forward and many don’t want to hear that. I can’t pretend; that is why they say I am bossy.
How can you analyze the league briefly?
The league had no talent that could attract crowd to the pitches. Save for few cases like Jackson Nunda (KCCA), Ambrose Kirya (SC Villa), Nicolas Kagaba (URA) and Pius Wanji (Vipers).
Now how are you planning for KCCA FC especially that you are going for CAF Champions’ league next year?
I am preparing to have KCCA FC in group stages of CAF Champions’ league. I want to build a KCCA FC that can compete favorably on the continent. My players are still united well enough.
It is being rumored you was instrumental in sacking coach Ssimbwa.
He is a prince like me, I seconded him to have the job and we work together, then why would I work for his dismissal from the job? Reasons that led to his sacking were contrary to footballing reasons so I could do nothing for his stay on job.
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Didn’t his departure affect you and team performance?
No way. Only that we missed him as our co-worker but performance and the rest we remained at the same page.