Express FC is one of the most successful and recognized football brands in Uganda with six league titles and 10 Uganda Cup trophies, but two years ago, it was in its worst state, surviving relegation by a whisker.
One year later, the club is now rejuvenated, seated at the helm of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with four games to the end of the season, and are also in the quarter-finals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Express’ incredible season so far is attributed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Isaac Mwesigwa, who immediately after assuming office, put in place measures to ensure that the club restores its lost glory.
“Football is not only played on the field. About 60% is done in the back end, which the fans do not see,” Mwesigwa said while receiving the Real Star player of the month award on behalf of striker Eric Kambale.
“When I was given the job, I knew that if we have the right playing and technical staff and also do the right things administratively, we shall get where we want, and here we are trying to make the unthinkable a reality.”
“After arriving, the emphasis was building structures, employing specialists in different departments and making sure that everyone at the club gets to do their job,” he added.
“We have ensured that we have a proper setup communication-wise to attract sponsorship deals. We had Betway renewing the contract while the likes of MSL, Buganda Land Board and Spesho joined us.”
“I would also like to thank our beloved chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka for the trust and the enormous support he has given us,” Mwesigwa continued.
“With all this in place, we have managed to be where we are today, and we believe we can still do better. We believe that at the end of the season, we will give back to our fans and stakeholders,” Mwesigwa continued.
For starters, Mwesigwa was appointed Express CEO on a three-year contract at the start of the current season.
How Mwesigwa has managed to ensure that the team is transformed tells the bigger story of his influence at the club so far.
“Truth be told, when I came on board, there was a lot of uncertainty. People wondered why I was joining the club,” Mseigwa stated.
“But the fact that most people in the football fraternity who knew me before knew what I was capable of doing, and they anticipated that I would turn this club around.”
“Then, it was a matter of showing everyone my plan and vision and ensuring that they buy into it. I sold my dream starting with the Chairman and also knowing where the club should be,” he said.
With the 2020/2021 season in its final bend, Express, who last won silverware in 2012, have a chance to end their trophy drought by either winning the UPL or the Uganda Cup or even ending the season with a double.
The Red Eagles return to action on Friday, June 4, in the Uganda Cup quarter-final second leg against KCCA at Lugogo, while their fight for the league will continue when they visit Wakiso Giants on June 20.