Morley Byekwaso received an overwhelming welcome from all corners of the club as he kick started his tenure in charge of KCCA on Friday.
Football256 understands that former teammate and Police FC coach Abdallah Mubiru was among the first to congratulate him upon his appointment.
But there was a show of support from one particular individual that got him buzzing.
Speaking after his first game in charge of the club, Byekwaso revealed that his former boss and the one he replaced Mike Mutebi visited the club’s training ground to offer his support.
Mutebi who was relieved of his duties on Monday was a special guest to the club’s stadium on Tuesday offering encouragement and words of advice to the coaching staff he left behind and the players as well.
“The gaffer was here this week on Tuesday,” Byekwaso told Football256.
“Everyone enjoyed his visit to the training ground, we had a few nice chats. We had a great time and he encouraged us.”
“He knows the staff through and through. He knows we’re going to do whatever we can, up to the last second we’re here, as best we can.”
“Of course, in our roles as coaches you do not have permanent addresses or control over your future that lies with your bosses so I think it was a nice gesture,” he continued.
And Byekwaso indeed put the lessons he has learnt under Mutebi to good use as he oversaw a dominant and promising 3-0 victory over BUL Bidco FC in his first game in charge.
While Byekwaso insisted that there is no pressure on him regards succeeding Mutebi, he says he has his own set of history to write.
“It has been four years working under a great manager like Mutebi and For the last four years, we have been winning trophies,” he stated.
“There is no pressure on my side, I do not feel any pressure because I have been at this club and everyone knows the ambition that we have.”
“So me and my technical team need to make sure that we go back to the drawing board and make sure that the success returns and that is going to be our main task,” Byekwaso continued.
Byekwaso and Mutebi enjoy a deep relationship with the latter playing a huge role in his career as a player.
First he influenced Byekwaso’s promotion to the KCCA senior team in 1995 when Mutebi was assistant coach to Fred Mugisha. And when he took over in 1996, he turned Byekwaso into a mainstay in the KCCA team until Byekwaso left in 2000 for SC Villa.
Mutebi has since played role of mentor to Byekwaso little wonder he turned to him in 2017 when he needed a deputy.
The two went on to prevail over the club’s most successful period, winning two league titles, the CECAFA Club Championship in 2019 and a domestic treble in 2018 on top of overseeing back-to-back qualification for the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Byekwaso’s primary aim will be to help turn around KCCA’s season as they continue to chase for their first league title since 2019.
The Kasasiro Boys lie fourth on the log on 30 points, six points behind joint leaders Vipers and URA with the latter playing a game less.
KCCA turn their attention to the Stanbic Uganda Cup where they host second division side Nyamityobora at Lugogo on April 7, before the return leg on Saturday, April 10 in Mbarara.