KCCA Head Coach Morley Byekwaso looks to have confirmed the departure of the now former skipper and club custodian Charles Lukwago after indicating his desire to find a captain whose charismatism is inspirational enough to lead the team.
Lukwago’s imminent exit from Lugogo conversation gained traction in the aftermath of his exclusion from the KCCA team that travelled to Dar es Salam, Tanzania for the CECAFA Kagame Cup.
Following his absence from the tournament, the gaffer needed no invitation to experiment with different key players for the skipper role. Gift Ali was handed the mantle in their opening game against the Tanzanian side Azam FC while Julius Poloto ably did the work against KMKM.
It’s also fair to say though that Julius Poloto enjoyed the final laugh as skipper courtesy of Herbert Achai’s lone goal to take the Kasasiro boys past the Zanzibar side and grant them their first win at the tournament as they quest to defend the title.
Gift Ali however received the short-hand of the stick in his side’s agonizing 2-0 defeat to Azam FC in a game that came to be a tale of two halfs. The first half was fairly contested until the Tanzanian giants stepped up an extra gear to blow the KCCA lads off the park.
Speaking to the media about his conundrum with choosing the next skipper in the aftermath of his side’s win against KMKM, Byekwaso was quick to highlight the level of assertion and strong mentality his contenders needed to exhibit.
“The captain I would want to see is an extremely hard worker on and off the pitch and a charismatic one at that. I have told the boys that anyone can be captain so expect healthy competition since the role is up for grabs.” He eloquently said.
He would further emphasize the need to ascertain the better fit for the captaincy and admittedly justified the experiments in who gets the armband on matchdays as something geared towards locating the best candidate.
The Uganda Kobs head coach also spoke about the game against KMKM adding that his side were tactically spot on in their approach to maintain their lead and walk away with the result they needed most compared to their first game.
Byekwaso further expressed his disgust in his side’s inability to score goals, having registered just one goal in two matches and therefore implored his forward players to be more clinical infront of goal.
He would also spare time to speak about the changes in the goalkeeping department where the club has new and rejuvenated young stars staging up competition.
“Hassan wasn’t to blame for the loss against Azam but he didn’t communicate with his defence, something that his replacement Ali Mwirusi did well when he got his chance. It’s the small details that we shall put right.” Morley reassured.
KCCA FC will look to seal a place in the semis this Saturday against Messanger Ngozi who are the reigning champions of the Burundi Super League and promise to present a stronger challenge compared to their most recent opponents.
KCCA now sit second of Group B with 3 points but the bigger conversation surrounds the skipper role at the club and who gets to take it. Either of Gift Ali or Julius Poloto, the jury is still out there for them to impress the new gaffer as the Lugogo side prepares for a transition.