Express FC chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka is elated after the club was declared the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League champions.
This, marks the first title for Kiwanuka who took over the chairmanship in August 2018.
KK, as commonly known by his initials, credited the club’s success to the ability of all members performing assigned tasks.
Express FC were top of the league with 58 points when Sports was banned due to Covid19 before FUFA ended the season on June 29 and declared the Red Eagles champions.
“I am glad that we are champions,” Kiryowa Kiwanuka said during an interview on Bukedde FM.
“This is what I envisioned when I took over three years ago. I explained to the board that the first year of my three-year tenure, they should not explain any title. Why? Because I needed to see how these things are managed. The second year was about ironing out a few issues and we set the third year as the time we are to compete.
“We used the first year to scrutinise how things are done here and there and if you remember we were not consistent on the pitch in terms of results.
“The second year, we made some improvements but it was not that easy, you remember the managerial changes and all that. We had to make sure that everyone understand his roles and responsibilities, we brought in a CEO and a coach who know what they are doing.
“We assigned roles, board was to look for money, management to organise, technical to win matches while fans to support the club. We all agreed and that was the game changer. I thank everyone for doing their part.”
Express appointed Isaac Mwesigwa in the CEO capacity and the former football agent made some sweeping changes at the club.
His secretariat, that has Patricia Ayebare among others has been working tirelessly to run the day to day activities of the club while club communication department of Peter Tabu and Aminah Babirye has greatly improved the club’s image.
Earlier, the club replaced George Ssimwogere with seasoned coach Wasswa Bbosa.
The management beefed up the technical team with Hellen Buteme (strenthen and conditioning) and Lewis Ainebyona (performance analyst) in roles that have not been occupied at the club before.
Under his reign, Express FC has managed to secure sponsorship deals with corporate companies starting with online betting company Betway Uganda.
The reward has been 17 wins and 7 draws from 26 games in a title winning season that will see the club represent Uganda at the Caf champions League.
The club however lost to Bright Stars and UPDF FC in the run to the title.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka adds: “I learnt one thing in all this, you will make mistakes along the way because you are not God, that is inevitable but what matters is that, was that mistake made intentionally or while trying to do the right thing?
“There is no day I blamed my coach for making a mistake. We all do mistakes, and I knew that we may fail at one point. I tasked them to do what they are supposed to do, work openly and I also vowed to stand with them everytime things did not go the wrong way.”