Kefa Kisala has promised to lead Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Football Club with ‘passion’ and that he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after being appointed as the club’s head coach.
Kisala was appointed as UPDF’s new boss today evening on a two-year contract, less than 24 hours after he was made aware that he will not be taking over at Bright Stars.
The former Uganda Cranes winger returns to football management nine months after being sacked by Wakiso Giants, and succeeds Steven Bogere who departed the club recently after three and a half years.
Speaking exclusively to Football256, Kisala said that he couldn’t be happier about joining a club with such rich history and ambitions.
“It is a big club, with big ambitions. I cannot be happier and I promise passion for my job and my club,” Kisala said.
“I played for Military Police, and am aware of the ambitions of the club. There is a lot of discipline (at the club), and where there is discipline, there is a lot of potential and a lot can happen.”
“The club has a rich history, and I know the history of the club. So, my ambition is to consolidate the club’s history and achieve its objectives.”
“UPDF is all about producing the best players who play for the national team, so I am here to rebuild the club back to that level,” he added.
UPDF gained promotion back to the Uganda Premier League for the first since they were relegated in 2018 following a final day 4-1 defeat to Vipers at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
UPDF who were top of the Rwenzori group were awarded promotion after FUFA ended the 2019/20 football season.
However, Kisala who has previously coached at Express and URA FC, says that while there may not be as many demands regards challenging for the title, his objective is to ensure the club chellenges as high next season.
“The club has just gained promotion to the top flight, and while there may not be a lot of heavy demands, there are minimums that need to be achieved.”
“There are proposals to change the format of the top division to 12 teams. So, what is important for us is to ensure we finish inside the top 10 positions because that is what may be required at the end of the day.”
“While there won’t be a lot of demands, I still believe beating the drop and doing it comfortably is crucial for us as we embark on our first season back to the UPL,” Kisala noted.
Kisala further assured that UPDF has a well-defined plan about their recruitment in the transfer market.
While the soft-spoken coach is convinced that the current squad has players who can handle the top flight, he noted that they need to find the right balance within the team.
“For a team that has just qualified for the top division you need to have the right balance in quality, attitude and mentality within the squad.”
“The player who have been around you need to be sure that they are of the right quality to compete in the league, while the additions should bring the attitude and mentality.”
“I know the players who have been brought in; (Tony) Kyamera, (Gadaffi) Gadinho, (Ibrahim) Wamannah. I know what all these players are capable of.”
“The challenge though is with their attitude and mental toughness, but that is something we can work on as we progress. I am sure they are great lads and we shall enjoy a unique relationship,” Kisala stated.
UPDF has confirmed the additions of former Proline trio Ibrahim Wamannah, Simon Mbaziira and James Begisa, goalkeeper Tony Kyamera, defender Ronnie Kisekka and Gadaffi Gadinho from Mbarara City.
Meanwhile, defender Andrew Waiswa and goalkeeper Douglas Kisembo both agreed to contract extensions with the Bombo based side.