In 2017, KCCA FC reached the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time in their history, and they were pooled alongside John Odumegwu’s Rivers United FC in Group A.
Although both sides won their home ties against each other, the gigantic forward was a big threat to the Kasasiro Boy. Providing an assist in both ties and maybe the reason why Mike Mutebi went for his signature when the opportunity to sign him presented itself.
“I am only worried about that big centre forward (Odumegwu), because he uses the ball very well, he’s huge and at the same time left-footed,” Mutebi said then of the striker prior to the return leg in Nigeria.
Two years later, KCCA acquired the services of the Nigerian forward on a two-year contract. Odumegwu’s arrival at Lugogo coiniceded with Patrick Kaddu’s departure to Moroccan side RS Berkane on a four-year deal.
Kaddu’s move left Mutebi unbothered with the coach confident that promoted youngster Sadat Anaku and new recruit Odumegwu would ably fill the void left by the Uganda Cranes forward.
“Kaddu was moulded into a player he is today by KCCA meaning we have the capacity to create another player in the same calibre,” Mutebi was quoted by Kawowo Sports.
Despite Mutebi’s praise on Anaku in addition to him showing his potential while still playing with the Junior side in FUFA Junior League where he top-scored for three consecutive seasons, it was evident of who Kaddu’s direct replacement would be when Odumegwu came in.
Mutebi had already fallen in love with Odumegwu when KCCA played against Rivers United. “And we are also bringing in our Nigerian striker (Odumegwu),” the confident gaffer noted in 2019.
But since then, neither Anaku nor Mutebi’s Nigerian striker have lived the level of Kaddu, with the former struggling with injuries whereas Odumegwu was limited to only 13 games in all competitions scoring once for the club.
With Mutebi deciding to make an overhaul of his squad, the huge Nigerian forward is the latest player to leave the club after the two parties mutually agreed to terminate Odumegwu’s contract after barely 12 months.
Odumegwu’s departure ensures that shirt number nine at KCCA is now vacant, we wait to see who will don it in the 2020/21 season among the new signings maybe.