Abdallah Mubiru is expected to throw in the towel as head coach at Uganda Premier League side Police FC and bring to an end a four year tenure at the club according to sources close to both the gaffer and club.
Despite signing a fresh three-year contract prior to the start of the 2020/21 campaign, there seems to reportedly be disparities currently between both parties in terms of ambitions and the vision each has for the club.
Well as Mubiru fancies a more assertive approach that involves investment in the transfer market in order to ensure that the team competes at the topmost level in the forthcoming season, his bosses seem to take a more passive approach.
The hierarchy at the Cops seem to suggest that the former Vipers SC boss is unrealistic with his desire for a steady and progressing project and are hell-bent on not granting these requests. Something that has frustrated the Police FC coach.
One may wonder why a team with a coach of his potential would struggle to take positive strides towards success. Who is to blame for this, is it the club management or Mubiru himself?
It is becoming a norm at Police FC that they let go of their best players without ably replacing them or even in circumstances where they are replaced, the replacements are never proportional to the initial players’ options.
Such was the case in 2019 when Juma Balinya left the club as the top scorer for the 2018/2019 Uganda Premier League season, winning the golden boot with 19 goals and was not replaced after his departure.
Andrew Kigozi and Pius Kaggwa followed through the following year before Henry Kisekka, Denis Rukundo, Derrick Kakooza, Derrick Ochan and Ben Ocen who have all recently quit the Kibuli based outfit.
Mubiru could have departed at the end of the 2019/20 season when his first contract expired and was on the radar of many suitors but decided to renew hoping that something would change. All his efforts seem to have been in vain.
Reports further indicate that the 46-year old has hit a point of no return regarding the Cops and that a switch to SC Villa as an upgrade to Edward Kaziba seems imminent.
Meanwhile, Mubiru joined Police in January 2017 and has had quite a rollercoaster of tenure at the club.
Characterized with ups and downs as seen from their worst season in topflight football (2019/2020) where they finished 13th on the log, just a point above the red zone.
The 2017/18 season had earlier presented an improvement which had seen them finish seventh, before dropping to eleventh the following 2018/19 term. Their decline had assumed a gradual slope.
The 2020/21 season which may well have been his last, saw the club start off positively in the first round before results going against them in the second round to decline and finish 6th.
Mubiru’s departure from Police FC could provide the chance for the Cops to do a little bit of soul searching and ensure that they bring their house in order since the new season looms large.