KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi loves repeating himself, probably he knows that’s the only way his message will cut cross.
Especially when it comes to what needs to be done for the game to grow in Uganda but also across the continent.
Mutebi guided KCCA FC to their 13th league title, booking a ticket to the 2019/2020 Total CAF Champions League, a stage he believes his side are yet to give their best.
“We are just timid, otherwise we have what it takes to match Sundowns pound for pound,” Mutebi said on Monday while appearing on NTV Press Box a weekly sports talk show.
“But we are working on it, soon that will be out of the minds of our players and we shall be able to compete with the rest on the continent favourably.”
“But the south of the Sahara is just catching up with the teams from the Maghreb and very soon we shall close that gap,” he added.
Mutebi is one who has never shied away from developing players, giving young stars a chance, something all the pace setters on the continent are doing and clubs south of the Sahara need to follow suit.
“We just need to pay attention to the structures, especially on the technical side, you must have a senior team, a reserve side and a junior team, paying attention to their growth, and it’s just a matter of time, we shall be there.”
“We have our colleagues in South Africa taking that route, TP Mazembe the same and you can see they get results, they buy players but they also develop their own players.”
“When you develop your own player, you are developing someone who knows the culture of the team, someone who will be loyal, faithful and cheap, you don’t have to break the bank to maintain such a player,” he added.
Mutebi prides in players like Allan Okello, Julius Poloto, Mustafa Kizza, Filbert Obenchan, Hebert Achai, Steven Sserwadda and Peter Magambo as some of the players that have come through the development side.