Express FC’s ceremonial coach for CAF Champions League engagements, Simon Peter Kirumira did not make the trip to Omdurman for the return leg against Al-Merreikh for personal reasons.
Disguising the earlier reports that Kirumira had failed to make the trip to attend to a family matter, Football256 understands with a communication from the club that the former possesses an expired passport.
“Coach Kirumira’s passport is, for now, expired and the process is on for a renewal that is why he is not part of the team,” Express FC’s head of communications Peter Tabu said.
The former Sadolin-Paint FC coach is sought out as manager because club head coach Wasswa Bbosa is lacking in terms of requirements-being a ‘CAF B’ licensed coach and therefore does not qualify to stand on the touchline in that capacity.
Kirumira is therefore expected to be the face of the Red Eagles during their entire continental campaign.
With the problems with his passport, however, he might be limited to only the home games, which is also subject to how far the Betway sponsored side can stretch the adventure.
With Kirumira absent though, the assistant coach James Odoch will represent Bbosa-who travelled with the team on the touchline, just like last week at Kitende.
Another technical team member to travel with the team to Sudan despite not being part of the club’s engagement for a while is goalkeeper coach Daniel Kiwanuka.
The former KCCA FC man was not part of the team that won the CECAFA Club championship in Tanzania last month but returned to work in their first leg game against Al Merriekh at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende last week.
“About the goalkeeper coach situation, it is the head coach that decides who should go and who should remain because all along we have had two goalkeeper coaches.”
“Last time it was Sam Kawalya and this time it is Kiwanuka. The decision is entirely the coach’s and the latter was not in Tanzania because he had a family problem to deal with, he had a patient so he was given leave,” he added.
The reigning Uganda Premier League champions however hold the advantage heading into the return leg slated for Friday, September 17 in Omdurman thanks to a 2-1 victory last week.
The two-legged tie winner will face the victor between Equatorial Guinea’s Akonangui FC and Zambia’s Zanaco FC in the second round.
Goalkeepers: Joel Mutakubwa, Denis Otim
Defenders: Denis Mubuya, Enock Walusimbi (C), Murushid Juuko, Arthur Kiggundu, Issa Lumu
Midfielders: Abel Etrude, Mahad Kakooza, Daniel Shabene, John Byamukama, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Joseph Akandwanaho, Charles Musiige
Forwards: George Senkaaba, Erick Kambale