It’s difficult to make sense of KCCA FC custodian and Skipper Charles Lukwango. He is like a riddle wrapped in an enigma of a mystery, literally.
Since assuming first choice duties in replacing Benjamin Ochan in 2018, Lukwango has forged a reputation as a talented but petulant player.
When he puts on his game face, the goalkeeper turns out to be a force to reckon with in the KCCA FC goal. Sharp reflexes, ariel prowess and superb ball distribution make him a colossus of sorts in goal.
However, his theatrics and temperemental demeanours when in goal have stained his career.
The latest in a long list of theatrics was when he conceded a flimpsy penalty that fuelled KCCA FC’s elimination out the Uganda Cup in the hands of rivals Express FC.
With the ball in his grip on the run of play, Lukwango aimed an elbow towards Express FC player Charles Musiige prompting the referee to point to the spot.
Martin Kiiza stepped up to convert the resultant penalty to cancel out Sadat Anaku’s opener as the Kasasiro Boys were sent packing out the Uganda Cup on away goals rule, virtually ending KCCA FC’s hopes of silverware.
Coach Morley Byekwaso in his post match remarks rebuked Lukwango for the moment of madness and it’s believed that the gaffer until then lost faith in his trusted custodian.
Byekwaso looking for Lukwango’s replacement.
With Byekwaso set to prolong his acquittance with the Lugogo based side on a two-year deal, it is reported that among the issues he is looking forward to address, the goalkeeping department ranks high on the list.
The U-23 Hippos Boss has put it to his employers that if marked improvements are to be made and drag the club out of this season’s mediocrity, the team requires an improvement on Lukwango.
Lukwango’s understudies in Ali Mwirusi and Hassan Matovu have shown much promise but have done little to unsettle Lukwango.
Joel Mutakubwa likely target.
It’s reported that KCCA FC have identified Kyetume FC outcast Joel Mutakubwa as the man to solve their goalkeeping issues.
The former Tororo United custodian, who fell out with his Kyetume FC bosses on match-fixing allegations, is expected to leave the UPL strugglers at the end of the season.
And the Kasasiro Boys are exploring all possiblites to lure the custodian.
However, KCCA FC will have to shrug off competition from Vipers SC who are Mutakubwa’s long term admirers.
The Kitende based side pulled all stops to sign Mutakubwa as Fabien Mutombora’s replacement last season but the deal failed to materialize.
It is said Kyetume put a huge price tag on their prized assest to quell off Viper’s advances.