KCCA FC have declined in production of convincing result even after maintaining their philosophy of possession and attacking which coach Mike Mutebi terms as “Our Way”.
Following their ejection from the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation and Stanbic Uganda Cup, the East African giants have even struggled to monopolize their inferiors in the league as far as victory is concerned.
This is reflected by the goalless draw with Mbarara City, the slim and unconvincing win against Onduparaka, a side they used to brutalize with goals easily. There is that recent goalless draw with Bright Stars whose record against the Kasasiro boys has been poor.
Yet two seasons ago, there was surplus of goal poachers in Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Robert Ssentongo and Derrick Nsibambi who didn’t disappoint. They were complimented by the creativity of midfielders in the team.
No wonder Sserunkuma finished the 2016/2017 season with 21 goals in the league, five in the Uganda Cup and four on the continent.
The following season, current Vipers forward Tito Okello joined Nsibambi, and the serial scorer Muhammad Shaban was added together with Patrick Kaddu, this took Mutebi to cloud 9, unfortunately the euphoria state clouded his judgment.
Mutebi couldn’t let tactical understanding and cohesion be built amongst the above mentioned players plus others.
With his instruction and awareness, a massive selling of players took place so as to tactically avoid, one; building a team around individuals. Two; relying on serial goal scorers and three; relying on skill experience than talent.
He purposely mad sure young players dominate the squad. Midfielders, attackers and defenders were all supposed to engage in goal scoring activities. No wonder the heavy rotation of players both in position /roles and space in the starting XI.
Allan Okello, Mustafa Kizza, Julius Poloto and others who are in their teens and early 20s have surely made their coach’s dream come true in one area.
Which is working with young lads but frustrated in another especially the desire to see every player participate in the team’s adventures in front of the opposing goal has not been fulfilled.
Injury prone Gift Ali, Sadam Juma, Jackson Nunda have been shifted back and forth from defensive roles to attacking responsibilities something that has registered below par results.
Contrary to the previous seasons in which a KCCA main striker would be top scorer or the second top scorer by January.
This season’s center forward Kaddu who was rated highly and compared to the league of Shaban and Nsibambi by Mutebi has not paid his admirer handsomely as he stands with eight goals after 18 rounds of games played.
Final indicator in goal poacher deficiency is the fact that besides Kaddu, the top scorers’ chart doesn’t have any other KCCA player in the top ten list and now the burden is on Mutebi who might have to wait until next transfer window to fix the crisis.
The statistics and results in 2018/19 season plainly reveal Mutebi’s plan has been challenged by reality on their way to winning the league.
It’s not a confirmation that KCCA won’t win it, after all they currently lead the table and have scored the most goals (34) but in case they repossess the title, it won’t be convincingly because a decrease in goals scored shall be witnessed.