Police FC Chairman Asan Kasingye attributes a number of reasons for the Cop’s sensational early-season form but the good relationship between Abdallah Mubiru and Fahad Lumu stands out.
Lumu is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) whereas Mubiru is the head coach and according to Kasingye, the combination of the two is turning things around at the club.
“Management was a big problem to us and management revolves around the role played by the CEO, I am sorry to mention this but the previous CEO did not know why he was in that office,” Kasingye told Football256 in an interview.
“He did not know some players, did not listen to the few he knew nor did he bring their concerns to our attention, to make matters worse, even the little money collected at the gate, up to now we do not where it usually went.”
“We definitely could not tolerate him any more and that is how we hired Lumu as our new CEO and deep within me I knew I could get something good out of Lumu,” he added.
Lumu joined the Cops in July 2020 signing a three-year contract replacing Francis Kidega who had served the club since 2018.
He had previously managed football matters administratively at Fire-Fire FC and Lufula FC in the Kampala Regional League.
“I saw the hunger in his eyes and I said to him that I am hiring you and indeed I hired him, now I, later on, realized that Fahad and the coach were working well together, you can not undermine the good relationship between the coach and the CEO,” he said.
“These two are important in running the club and we are lucky to have them all working well together at the same time which was not the case previously.”
“And since Fahad was put in that office, I have never seen Mubiru in my office nor call me to follow up certain things but previously he used to come very angrily and with a heavy heart.”
“But now I am in a good place trying to play my role as the club chairman knowing that we have people in the CEO and coach positions doing a tremendous job,” Kasingye concluded.
A lot was taking a negative path mostly last season with Police surviving relegation by a whisker when the StarTimes Uganda Premier League campaign was cut short with five games to go due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
The 2005 league winners finished 13th on the 16-team log on 25 points just a single point above relegation.
Police now find themselves seated third on the table standing on 16 points just eight games into the 2020/21 season.
After having to accept a bitter 3-2 loss to Vipers SC where goalkeeper Derrick Ochan was ridiculously sent off with the Cops leading 2-1.
The Cop’s attention turns to their next fixture when they host Onduparaka on Wednesday, February 24.