The immediate response to Morley Byekwaso’s appointment as KCCA FC head coach permanently in July 2021 was speculation about who his deputy and the man to help him steer the club to sanity following an uncharacteristic season was going to be.
Two names of high profile football coaches came up, first being Asaph Mwebaze-one man that has supported the club his childhood and Baker Mbowa-who is quite popular at Lugogo thanks to his incredible career as a player.
Mbowa was and remains employed as head coach at Soltilo Bright Stars while Mwebaze had no allegiances to any local football club and would have taken up the job had it been offered. The former Nyamityobola boss is still unemployed.
The hierarchy at Lugogo along with Byekwaso eventually decided to settle for a familiar face and a royal lieutenant, Kaddu Badru Mukasa, implying that the deal to bring in either Mwebaze or Mbowa fell through.
Mwebaze spoke to Football256 and made mention of the fact that he would have taken up the assistant coach role at KCCA wholeheartedly but would not consider doing so elsewhere in the country.
“Yes, I acknowledge that KCCA approached me about the assistant coach role but at the end of the day, the job was given to someone else who I think was considered the best candidate,” Mwebaze confirmed.
“Had I been appointed though, I would have wholeheartedly taken the job. This would not have been on grounds of being a KCCA fan and whatnot.”
“The fact is that there is an ongoing progress at the club irrespective of the challenges here and there,” he added.
“That, therefore, is how easy my decision of being an assistant coach there would have been. I must also add that it would have been a pleasure to work with Byekwaso,” Mwebaze said.
When asked about whether he would consider taking up an employment role on a deputy arrangement elsewhere, the former Onduparaka and Maroons FC gaffer highlighted that there was no possibility under which that would happen.
“Accepting to take up such a position at KCCA FC does not mean that I would consider taking it elsewhere in Ugandan football, that is certainly not the case,” he corrected.
“It depends on the level of the club, of course being an assistant at a team like KCCA or Vipers is better than being the head coach at these other lower level clubs. That is the only trick around such a situation.”
“It is also according to perception, one may prefer being the head coach at a lower profile club than being an assistant at a high profile club, but that is my thinking as a coach,” Mwebaze concluded.
Mbowa might have preferred to stay as head coach at Solitilo Bright Stars as opposed to taking up the job as an assistant at Lugogo.
Mwebaze remains unemployed but is open to placement after sojourns in a house of topflight sides.