Following an impressive season, while at StarTimes Uganda Premier League record champions SC Villa in 2017, midfielder Nicholas Kasozi caught the attention of KCCA and was brought to the club in fashionable style in 2018.
Kasozi’s unveiling at Lugogo portrayed a great picture of which kind of player KCCA was getting, he walked into the premises of StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo in an E-Class Mercedes Benz wearing an all-black outfit with a red cap and a pair of brand-new Balenciaga sneakers.
“The kind of welcome I was given by the people at the club made me feel so emotional, I can only pay back with good performances that can win us games and more trophies,” Kasozi told Football256 in May 2020 as he remembered that awesome unveiling.
But before even the expiry of his three-year contract with the Kasasiro Boys, ‘the intelligent player’ as baptized by head coach Mike Mutebi, has exited Lugogo.
On Thursday morning, KCCA confirmed the departure of Kasozi who has joined Kyetume FC for an undisclosed fee with a year left on his deal signed in 2018.
“KCCA FC and Kyetume FC have agreed on terms for the transfer of midfielder Nicholas Kasozi,” KCCA Ag CEO Michael Kirunga told the club’s website.
“As a club, we are thankful for the services of Kasozi during the two years he has spent at KCCA FC. We wish him the best at his new club and in the future.”
The 25-year old, enjoyed his first season at Lugogo winning the 2018/19 SUPL title and a Super Cup but fell down in the pecking order with Mutebi preferring Gift Ali ahead of the 2019/20 season.
He made 12 appearances starting just five games, scoring once in the 2019/20 campaign and as KCCA fans demanded that he plays, he was criticized by his coach on a number of occasions during pre and post-match conferences.
In total, Kasozi leaves KCCA with four trophies; one league title, one CECAFA Kagame Club Championship and two Super Cups.
Despite lacking playing time at club level, Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry was impressed by Kasozi the few times he saw him on the pitch and handed him his first senior national team call up.
He was part of the Uganda Cranes squad for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers away to Burkina Faso and at home against Malawi.
But still the above didn’t move Mutebi as he maintained his ground of not using the midfielder despite fans’ cries over benching Kasozi who they termed as ‘a national team material’.
The situation worsened when the Masaka boy felt out of place at Lugogo and went AWOL an indication that he was tired of his situation at the club and him moving on finally, could have done both parties better.