Muzamir Mutyaba should be sensibly, understandably and yet frustratingly like many of his fans still be waiting on his chance to pull on the red of Express FC.
The midfielder was a marquee addition by the Red Eagles in the January transfer window joining on a free transfer from cross town rivals KCCA FC.
Mutyaba sat out the opening five games of the 2019/20 season as he was still awaiting on his next club following a low key and rather unceremonious exit from KCCA.
Mutyaba had served the Kasasiro Boys diligently for five years, winning them two league titles, two Uganda Cups, the Super Cup and the CECAFA Club championship among other honours.
A definite strong pillar in arguably the club’s most successful periods which also included first time appearances at the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup group stages.
But Mutyaba was never looked at as a long-term player at the club and was often singled out for his effort and on a couple of occasions used as a scapegoat for some of the club’s bad performances by head coach Mike Mutebi.
Mutyaba time at KCCA was like a swinging pendulum bob. At one time he was considered one who could go on to become a modern-day club legend, but on the other end the club did not do as much to keep him for the long term.
The latter was a cause of the bad side of the relationship between club and player. He knew his worth, KCCA were reluctant to meet those standards but still were far from peacefully letting him go.
The story of his contract renewal in 2018 is another interesting episode that I will relay to you on another day; perhaps it may be a chapter in his biograpghy if he ever releases one.
Anyway, It always seemed like he was never really valued at the club (though in some quarters he was), perhaps explaining why Mutebi blatantly disclosed to media that he was not going to consider keeping Mutyaba and a couple of other star names at the end of last season.
Mutebi argued that Mutyaba had run his race and did not have anything new to offer the club – harsh to say of a player who only three years ago had won the FUFA Player of the Year award.
Mutebi said that the club needed a fresh start, one without the likes of Mutyaba, and somehow convinced the club not to pursue a contract extension for the player who was yet to turn 27.
But short-sighted Mutebi was, and no sooner had the season started than it became apparent that they very much needed Mutyaba if not for his technical ability, then for his experience and leadership.
Luckily, they still had a shot at resigning him as he was still undecided and the offers available for some reason were not as enticing for his liking.
As long as Mutyaba remained without a club, Mutebi was vindicated, but when serious offers started coming in, KCCA had a change of heart, putting on a full-hearted chase of one they had banished from the pack.
Mutyaba had a decision to make. Express were offering a way out of unemployment and a chance to have a fresh beginning while on the other hand, KCCA were offering the sums and benefits he ought to receive.
KCCA’s offer for Mutyaba was one that would make him the highest paid player at Lugogo and also presented other incredible benefits and additions. The Kasasiro Boys wanted him so bad, but Mutyaba didn’t want them back.
He settled for a switch of allegiance to the red zone at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Tuesday will be his chance to write a new chapter in his career if he is selected to pull on the red of Express for their league fixture against champions Vipers in Wankulukuku.