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Noel Nasasira Blames Coach Mike Mutebi For His Stalled Progress

In February 2017, Allan Okello, Mustafa Kizza, Noel Nasasira, Herbert Achai, Julius Poloto and Peter Magambo were promoted from KCCA FC’s Youth Academy to the senior team.

Coach Mike Mutebi, when unveiling the six promoted players at Lugogo, said that they were the future of the team, hence a need to integrate them with the seniors at a tender age.

The Six, as we can refer to them from now on, had excelled from the team’s U17. Mustafa was joining after a loan spell at Maroons.

The Six (L-R): Herbert Achai, Allan Okello, Noel Nasasira, Mustafa Kizza, Peter Magambo and Julius Poloto. Kcca photo

Three years on, three players (of the Six) left the club. Okello (Paradou) and Mustafa (Montreal Impact) have secured lucrative deals abroad but the same cannot be said of Nasasira.

His career has seen blunt transformation besides a successful spell in FUFA Big League with Ndejje University FC to being a non-starter at lowly Kyetume FC.

What went wrong? forward that question to Nasasira and he will, without hesitation, blame coach Mutebi.

Nasasira says that he was not trusted like the rest of the players since then, and that he never received enough playing time which later lowered his belief and confidence.

Noel Nasasira (yellow) in action

“If I was trusted and given enough playing time like it was with the other players, I would have even surpassed the heights the likes of Okello and Mustafa have reached, you never know,”

Nasasira told The-SportsNation.

“But anyway, it happens in big teams, especially basing on the position I was playing where there was the likes of Robert Ssentongo, Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Derrick Nsibambi at the time, I might have come at a wrong time I guess.

“I lost confidence and honesty with myself. I failed to understand who truly I was in terms of my capabilities. I lost belief, most especially when I failed to command playing time and ended up not lifting myself up.”

Nasasira and coach Desabre. FUFA

Nasasira secured a two-year loan deal to join Ndejje. He scored the winning goal in 2018 FUFA Big League finals against Nyamityobora as the University side ended a decade in the second division to secure a top flight seat.

He was named the 2017/18 FUFA Big League MVP, receiving the award from then Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre.

In August 2019, Nasasira was one of the 16 players unveiled at then-newcomers Kyetume FC.

In their debut season in UPL, Nasasira managed one goal in nine starts for the Slaughters. His goal coming in a 2-1 win against Busoga United FC.

Nasasira remains uncertain on what his future holds at Kyetume.

“Life at Kyetume has been so difficult compared to that of KCCA,” Nasasira adds. “With Kyetume, many things change regularly like the change of coaches among other things.

“I am not yet certain yet where I will be going but there is also a possibility of staying.”

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