Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC have parted ways with head coach Mike Mutebi.
It is reported that the two parties have decided to move separate ways by mutual consent.
This was confirmed by the Lugogo based club on Monday, March 29 through a press statement.
“KCCA FC and the Manager, Mike Hillary Mutebi have today, the 29th of March 2021 agreed by mutual consent to terminate his employment with immediate effect.” Read part of the statement.
Mutebi has been an integral figure in the club’s recent success since taking charge of the Kasasiros in 2015.
Under his stewardship, KCCA has won three league titles, two Uganda cups, four Super cups and one CECAFA Clubs Cup, making Mutebi the most successful manager in the club’s history.
It is understood that Mutebi’s assistant Morley Byekwaso has been put in charge of the team on interim basis.
By the time of his departure, KCCA were in 4th place on the Uganda Premier League table.
Mutebi Leaves Overwhelming Legacy At KCCA
When Mutebi returned to KCCA for a second stint in 2015, the club had won only two major titles in eight years.
They looked like a side that did not have a proper direction for the future and were coming off a miserable loss to SC Villa in the Uganda Cup final.
Immediately after taking over, Mutebi announced that he would be taking the club back to the top of Ugandan football and also ensure they achieve reasonable success on the continent in a short period of time.
True to his promise, the Kasasiro Boys would win the 2015/16 Uganda Premier League with a largely experienced squad.
Being the believer in youth that Mutebi is, he started integrating several players from the KCCA academy, the following season, some of who would be instrumental to the club’s first-ever league and cup double in the 2016/17 season, his second at the helm.
The following season, the gaffer led a relatively young squad to the lucrative group stages of the CAF Champions League where they at-one-stage beat up on record winners Al Ahly 2-0 and finished third in their group without losing a single game at Lugogo.
Being the perfectionist that he is, Mutebi kept on asking for more from his players, where any other manager would easily have been satisfied with the recent-past success.
After winning his third league title in four seasons, in 2019, Mutebi took a depleted squad to the CECAFA Kagame cup where they upset the odds and won the title after taking care of Tanzanian money-bags AZAM FC in the final. The CECAFA crown was the club’s first since 1978.
The following season saw KCCA, for the first time since 2015, end the campaign trophyless. It was a season the ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the league ended five games to spare while the cup was declared null and void.
Seven titles and one appearance apiece in the group stages of the CAF Champions league and Confederation cup and doing all that with a youthful team is no mean feat and it may takes ages for anyone to ever replicate Mutebi’s success at Lugogo or anywhere else in Uganda.
Right Time For Byekwaso To Walk Out Of Mutebi’s Shadow
Many KCCA fans have for a while-now cried for Byekwaso to take charge of the head coach role at the expense of Mutebi.
Their pleas have finally been answered by the Kasasiros hierarchy.
Byekwaso has been at KCCA for a while now, a club he also played for at some point in his career.
He has been credited by many for identifying several youth players, while they were still in school and ensuring that they get a shot in the first team.
On top of being Mutebi’s assistant, Byekwaso has also been doubling as the National U20 head coach where he has further stamped his status as a top coach.
After seeing his side shockingly eliminated at the quarter final stage of their home CECAFA U20 Championship in 2019, Byekwaso would led the same side to arguably the greatest achievement in Ugandan football, two years later.
Heading into the 2021 AFCON U20 tournament as overwhelmingly underdogs, Byekwaso’s side upset the odds and reached the final of the championship in Cameroon where they would eventually lose to Ghana.
The Hippos performance in Cameroon added more fuel to the cries of the KCCA fans who kept on reiterating that he was ready to take over the hot seat at Lugogo.
Having worked with Mutebi for all the while he has, Byekwaso is clearly aware of the KCCA philosophy and how the gaffer managed to attain so much success in his time at the club.
It is never easy stepping into the shoes of an individual that has enjoyed reasonable success at any aspect in life and Mutebi set the bar so high for anyone to try and replace him but who better than his right hand man to try and fill his boots?