• August 15, 2020

Deborah Nyanzi: Meet KCCA FC Fan Since 1978

 Deborah Nyanzi: Meet KCCA FC Fan Since 1978

Deborah Nyanzi is one of the most passionate and longtime KCCA FC fan.

She opened up about how she began supporting the Lugogo based team during a TV interview on KCCA FC TV show on Sunday.

“I started supporting KCCA in 1978 around when they won the CECAFA club championship,” she started.

“I was a young school girl then and you could just go on the pitch and decide for your self which team to support without being told.

“I was attracted to KCCA because of their free flowing football. I used to watch ‘Football Made In Germany’ at home on our black and white TV and it was entertaining, so I saw KCCA playing the same style.”

Back then, she said that the club had some prominent players like Moses ‘Kisolo Kyamanyi’ Nsereko, Moses Ssentamu, Peter Mazinga, John Latigo, Paul Ssali, Tom Lwanga and Jimmy Kirunda.

“But Philip Omondi was just exceptional. I remember we used to call him Philo or Omo. He had his own set of skills including kicking the ball intentionally to the hands of the defender to win a penalty. His best goal I will not forget was an header against SC Villa.”

She adds that every time KCCA would beat SC Villa Jogoo was a very special moment.

“There was a time when they beat us on a Wednesday in midweek in the league and they celebrated so much. Then few days later, that same week on a Saturday, We faced then in Uganda cup at Nakivubo.

“They painted the whole stadium blue (Villa colours) but we ended up beating them. There was even a music interlude at halftime by Afrigo band, and later in the evening, we went to Little flowers for the after party, a place where Afrigo used to play music at, so Villa’s Afrigo played music for us, it was absolute fun.”

Her worst moment, she says, was when Jimmy Kirunda crossed to the rival club (Villa). Deborah Nyanzi explained that fans were mad with Kirunda after the transfer, and they used to taunt him when Villa faced KCCA FC.

She says that her commitment to support the club saw her watch KCCA at Kavumba she was heavily pregnant.

Nyanzi says that back then, they had club anthems they used to sing to cheer up the team which is not the case today, and fans behaviour was very paramount.

“The fans were very disciplined. We had Bidandi Ssali who we used to call Mister and his command was not questioned. We did not throw stones, we respected the coach and we got the results we wanted. We were identified by our good manners.

“Today, it’s not the case, the fans are very aggressive, they just demand instant results but may be they are still very young.”

Brian Kawalya

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