Towards the start of the 2022/23 campaign, odds favored KCCA FC head coach Morley Byekwaso to face an early exit from a job he only assumed at the start of 2021, following the departure of Mike Mutebi.
Setting clear their ambitions for the season, the club spent huge in the summer, adding stars including Muhammad Shaban, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, and Tshisungu Simon Kankonde among others.
However, despite the clear expectations, Byekwaso made an indifferent start to the campaign, adding the assertive predictions of his exit more support, as he lost two games in the opening four, 3-1 to Arua Hill SC and 1-0 to Maroons FC.
Byekwaso looked to face even more troubles as the club appointed Charles Ssenyange Kadidi as his assistant. It was then reported, that the former had not approved this move in favor of different candidates.
His own fans, the famous Kasasiro supporters piled even more pressure, as they held placards at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on different occasions demanding he heads out.
As the season progresses, the noise has unsurprisingly vanished at a time when the 13-time Uganda Premier League champions are also currently achieving on the pitch.
Following the October loss to Maroons, KCCA has gone on to win five times in six matches, including three on the bounce. They’ve not lost in the process.
In that spell, the team has managed 13 goals as they have leaked only thrice, including three clean shutouts.
They currently lead proceedings on the 15-team log with 22 points, one ahead of second-placed Wakiso Giants FC and two ahead of defending champions, Vipers SC.
Four matches to the end of the First Round, KCCA looks like a team that is slowly finding its feat and are destined to better last season’s show.
In the preceding campaign, they managed a second-place finish behind Vipers, but fell by a huge and agonizing 18-point difference.
The current state of the club is a clear manifestation of how much the club administrators’ trust is starting to pay off.
On numerous occasions, CEO Anisha Muhoozi has reiterated the club’s continued support for the tactician, despite calls for his head from their faithful.
Whether Byekwaso will sustain the current excellence is a different case, but as matters stand, he is proving every doubter wrong.