The 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season is one where several teams made managerial changes because of poor results, Abdullah Mubiru’s stay at Police FC remains a surprise to many including himself.
Police struggled throughout the season and narrowly survived eviction after finishing 13th on the 16-team log with 25 points, one point above the demotion zone after FUFA decided to cancel the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It all started with the 2005 champions being docked three points and three goals for failing to honour their league game against Onduparaka at the start on the season since they were away taking part in the forces games in Kenya.
Police also lost the game to Onduparaka by forfeiture and didn’t win in five games until they picked a 1-0 victory over Kyetume FC, that was one of their eight wins this season, they also registered 13 loses and four draws.
Despite the poor run of results, Mubiru retained his job and was quick to applaud the Police FC chairman AIGP Asan Kasingye for being patient with him.
“I would like credit and thank the club Chairman Mr Asan Kasingye for trusting me throughout the difficult times this season,” Mubiru told Football256 before adding.
“With the way the club has been performing, he would have sacked me but he didn’t do that, it shows how appreciative and respectful he is to me.”
“Most of the club have changed coaches this season, with some changing more than once me staying at a team that was not getting good results, I consider my stay at Police the most key highlight of the season,” Mubiru noted.
The Uganda Cranes first assistant coach has spent two and half years with the Cops having joined in the January window of the 2017/2018 season after he was sacked by newly-crowned champions Vipers SC.
Coaches who lost their jobs in the 2019/2020 UPL season
Edward Golola (Vipers SC) – Sacked
Livingstone Mbabazi (Onduparaka FC) – Resigned
Livingstone Mbabazi (Wakiso Giants) – Sacked
Shafic Bisaso (Proline FC) – Resigned
Matia Lule (Proline FC) – Resigned
Eric Ndifuna (Tooro United) – Resigned
Wasswa Bbosa (Tooro) – Sacked
Muhammed Kisekka (Tooro United) – Sacked
Muhammed Kisekka (Bright Stars) – Sacked
Douglas Bamweyana (Maroons) – Sacked
George Ssimwogerere (Express FC) – Sacked
George Best Nsimbe (Kyetume) – Sacked
Jackson Mayanja (Kyetume) – Resigned
Kefa Kisala (Wakiso Giants) – Sacked
Peter Onen (BUL FC) – Sacked
Brian Ssenyondo – (Mbarara City) – Sacked and after Rehired
Paul Nkata (Mbarara City) – Sacked