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KCCA FC Legend Morley Byekwaso will be the team’s new manager for the next three years, graduating from his three-month interim stint.
The club’s Wednesday, 14th July announcement starts new dawn at the club after all its technical members ran down their contracts last month. However, the soft-spoken gaffer has put ink to paper on a three-year contract.
Following Mike Mutebi’s sudden departure from Lugogo, his right-hand man, Morley, was touted to run down the season. However, the season’s close found the kasasiro boys in unfamiliar positions on the log as Express ran away with the title.
Morley has served diligently as a second fiddle at Phillip Omondi Stadium over the years. These stints came under the stewardship of Matia Lule, George Nsimbe, and Mike Mutebi.
Speaking to the club website, Byekwaso considers this development a dream come true as he had always dreamed of management from when he first kicked a football.
In football you don’t rush things but you need to move very fast to build the team. In this way its image remains in one line.
We are going to give the players a chance in this first year and make decisions depending on their response.Morley Byekwaso, new KCCA Coach
To Morley, ensuring high fitness levels is key for KCCA’s renaissance as he blames injuries, among other factors that contributed to their poor season. Over the past two years, KCCA has missed a host of key players at the treatment table. The constant absence of Julius Poloto, Samuel Kato, and Sadat Anaku has stretched KCCA. Meanwhile, former Express captain John Revita hasn’t stamped his authority at Lugogo due to a prolonged knee injury.
The former midfielder has grown through the ranks of management over the years since hanging his boots. He had been under the shadow of his seniors till his expeditions with the Kobs at the Afcon U20. Byekwaso managed the national U20 side to an impressive fairytale run to the final in Morocco earlier this year. The interesting brand of football played by the youngsters impressed the nation as the boys received heroic applauses despite a final loss to Ghana.
Byekwaso will be looking to replicate his expeditions with the Uganda U-20 as he appoints his back-room staff. His predecessor Mike made a name for trusting the young players, and Morley would be the right person to fill his mantle. He is currently in Ethiopia for the CECAFA U23 Challenge Cup.
Having served the club in different capacities, Morley understands the business requirements and demands of KCCA’s stakeholders. The board is going to give him all the necessary support to move the club forward.Martin Ssekajja, Chairperson KCCA FC.