Mike Mutebi is a coach every developing player in Uganda would wish to play for, because of his ability to nurture talent.
However, he is a no-nonsense tactician, and working under him requires a lot in terms of hard work, and discipline among other aspects that some players fail to adhere to.
Former Uganda Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje is a perfect example of what Mutebi demands if one is to work with him.
“I consider myself a very lucky player having gone through the hands of Mutebi,” Mawejje told Football256 in an interview.
“He picked me up from Masaka Local Council FC and brought me to KCCA FC at a young age.”
“It was not easy working with him, that I must admit because he is not one coach that is going to pumper you around.”
“Do what he wants and you are very good friends, but when you do what he does not want, that is where problems begin.”
“It was not all sweet between me and him as people think. He used to warn and remind me of where I came from on several occasions.”
“Of course, when some players are treated like that they feel offended but I was not like that, whenever he would shout at me the more I used to put in an extra effort,” he added.
Mutebi was always aware of Mawejje’s potential as seen from playing him as a teenager at both KCCA and the Uganda Cranes but, he would not let him feel a certain kind of way.
“My bond with him grew each day that passed but that was because I was hardworking, disciplined, and resilient. I was not just going to give up like that.”
“I have seen several coaches throughout my career and I respect them so much but Mutebi was so instrumental in developing me not only as a footballer, but also as a person,” Mawejje noted.
At the time of his retirement, Mawejje had featured for a dozen of clubs locally and internationally.
However, in Uganda, he played for only four teams; Masaka LC, KCCA, URA FC, and Police FC.
The midfield general, as he is commonly known managed 83 appearances for the national team and scored eight goals.
He was part of the Uganda Cranes team that broke the jinx and qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Uganda’s return to the continent since 1978.
Mawejje will now focus on his coaching career which will focus on mentoring young upcoming midfielders through the TM6 Box to Box Academy.