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Club Focus: KCCA FC – Mister Bidandi Ssali has all reasons to smile

By Haruna Kyobe

Ugandan football has a crop of a new generation of fans supporting different clubs in the league however, most of them do not know how their favourite teams originated therefore I have decided to do a focus on the giants of the game in this country starting with KCCA FC.

KCCA’s history is rooted way back in 1963 when it started as a City engineering departmental club before it was decided that it be upgraded to represent the entire Kampala City Council and the late Engineer Samuel Wamala is credited for making this noble decision.

The Kasasiro Boys as they are popularly known, have produced many of the country’s soccer legends like dribbling wizard Phillip Omondi (top scorer in the 1978 AFCON), Moses Nsereko an attacking midfield ace who made it to the list of the best African footballers, Jimmy Kirunda ( top scorer in 1978 Ugandan league with 32 goals), Jackson Mayanja, Sam Simbwa to mention but just a few.

KCCA FC also prides itself in exhibiting exciting soccer on top having the elite fans in the country, many of them great soccer brains and rarely in the hooliganism arena.

Though Late Wamala did a lot as the founding Chairman, but the trio of Mister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, late Engineer Jack Ibale and late Chris Rwanika are credited for the success of present day KCCA after laying a strong foundation for the club.

Their quest for promotion to the top flight league began in late sixties but it gained momentum in 1972 after the recruitment of Jimmy Kirunda from Lint, George Mukasa from Express, Moses Nsereko and Ibrahim Magala from neighbouring Naguru Youth.

These were joined by Phillip Omondi from Fiat, Sam Musenze, Bedford Kityo and Tom Lwanga who were from American Insurance plus other new catches as William Mindrea from St Leo’s Kyegobe, Moses Matovu ( Afrigo Band leader) from Nakivubo boys.

KCCA then entered and competed in the Kampala District Second Division League from where they gained promotion to the Elite League in 1974 after gruelling energy sapping battle with NIC and Nsambya FC. Samson Kaaya’s last gasp header doing the damage against the insurers propelling KCCA to the premier league.

The club also launched a successful youth policy by setting up a nursery side called City Cubs which was emulated later by Express with their own Wembley boys. Players like late Rashid Mudin, superstar Godfrey Kateregga, mathematician Sam Mugambe, John Tebusweke and a host of many others, were graduates of this youth policy.

It was during the reign of long serving chairman Ibale that the club stamped its distinctive mark on the Ugandan soccer scene sweeping most of the local honours hence becoming a household name in the country and the entire region.

They were the first Ugandan club to lift the CECAFA Club Championship in 1978 after beating Simba of Tanzania 3-2 on spot kicks following a goalless draw in regulation time.

Other achievements include the following accolades; 13 Ugandan premier League championships, 10 Ugandan Cup titles; two CECAFA Clubs Cup and one FUFA Super8 trophy.

The club’s highest continental attainment was a semi-final placing in the 1997 CAF Cup engagements losing 9-1 on aggregate to Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis with Baker Mbowa scoring the only goal in a 3-1first leg loss at Nakivubo stadium.

KCCA has produced different generation of players but from the ones I have managed to watch, Jackson Mayanja is my best though those who witnessed the 70s & 80s era, claim Phillip Omondi will never be equalled.

The StarTimes Stadium at Lugogo is the home of KCCA since 2017 for sponsorship reasons but it was formerly named Phillip Omondi Stadium after club legend; Phillip Omondi and plans to expand the stadium are underway after it was included in the club’s five-year strategic plan as revealed by current Chairman Martin Sekajja.

KCCA Football Club Limited, is a private company limited by guarantee and it is solely owned by Kampala Capital City Authority, a government entity. The club derives its finances from grants, sponsors and other activities ranging from stadium hire, selling of merchandise, players and prize money.

The major Sponsors include; KCCA (Owner / Mother Company), StarTimes (broadcasting company), Prime Media Network (advertising company), Vivo Energy (fuel Sponsor), Britam (Insurance Company), Highland water (official drinking water partner), MTN Uganda (telecom company).

Mike Mutebi a former player with the club is the current tactician assisted by Morley Byekwaso, Badru Kaddu, Nelson Magera, Richard Maligna and Daniel Kiwanuka as the goalkeeping coach.

KCCA FC title over the years

Thirteen Ugandan premier League championships: 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19

Ten Ugandan Cup titles: 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Clubs Cup: 1978, 2019

One Fufa Super 8 trophy: 2018

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