As the start of the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season edges closer, the league finds itself compromising on the general quality of football coaches on show at various clubs.
Do the fans derive contentment in the ability and tactical genius of the head coach that their respective club harbours or not?
If not, then there are a host of top managers out there without jobs, Football256 takes you through the excellent coaches who are currently unemployed.
Mike Hillary Mutebi
Following a magnificent five years at Lugogo that were full of success and glamour, Mutebi parted ways with KCCA on March 29, 2021.
Only to be replaced by his understudy Morley Byekwaso-first on an interim basis before ascending to the position permanently.
The club’s most successful coach in history was shown the exit door in the aftermath of what looked like a rough patch, manifested in the poor run of results during the second part of the season despite winning a maximum of eight trophies with the Kasasiro Boys.
The links to a takeover at various clubs most notably Vipers SC did not seem to materialise since the Venoms saw it wise to settle for Brazilian tactician Roberto Oliviera.
Mutebi could have also joined Tanzanian side Azam FC or Kiyovu SC in Rwanda but turned down all advances on grounds that they did not meet his requirements. Requirements that were not just limited to the remuneration.
According to FUFA president Moses Magogo, the former Uganda Cranes head coach (2004) was handed the opportunity to be Johnny McKinstry’s successor but declined the offer.
The 51-year old is arguably the best coach in the country (at least going by achievement and style of play) but still failing to find a football club that can meet his sophisticated requirements. He might find better luck looking outside the country though.
Ssimbwa’s last job at URA FC is the longest he has served at a single football club during his nomadic career. He spent an unprecedented three years with the Tax Collectors, a shock to many within the football circles.
Although he insists that he would have loved for his time to stretch longer with the club, the hierarchy at URA-who had blamed him for failing to hit the objectives during his tenure, did not seem to agree.
The outcome was that the club replaced Ssimbwa with his former assistant, Simeon Masaba, in the caretaker role but would later elevate him to head coach capacity following the capture of veteran coach Sam Timbe in the technical manager role on a one-year contract.
The former Uganda Cranes player guided URA to a second place finish during the just concluded topflight campaign and facilitated a return to the continent, a feat they had last achieved in 2015.
As rumours link the 54-year old with a move to league debutants Gaddafi FC, he maintains that his realistic chance in management currently exists outside the country and that his negotiations are with clubs outside the confines of Uganda.
The 2012 SUPL winning coach with Express FC further expounded that for any of his ongoing negotiations to materialise, his party and that of the respective club must agree on a consensus and ultimately meet his demands.
Jackson Mayanja resigned from his job as Kyetume FC head coach in the last quarter of the recently prematurely concluded season. He did so while citing poor management in terms of remuneration.
He made mention to Swift Sports during an interview that his salary and of the players had not been paid for a while and that he was unable to continue operating in such an unfriendly atmosphere.
His managerial career has however been characterized by sojourns, a direct contrast to his magnificent playing career. The only semblance of similarity is the free flow. He will be in another job in no time.
George ‘Best’ Nsimbe
Nsimbe holds immense experience in football management having previously coached at top clubs in both Uganda and across the CECAFA region.
He has been at clubs like KCCA FC-where he enjoyed a lot of success, Vipers FC, Tanzanian side Azam FC and Tusker FC from Kenya.
The Cranes legend, who was last seen on the touchline in November 2019 before parting ways with Mukono side Kyetume FC should not be jobless given the vast experience he possesses.
For the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, Ayeikoh had been working as a Uganda Premier League games analyst with Sanyuka television. This will most likely continue in the new season unless a change in plans arises.
Ayeikoh was also coach at Big League side Maroons FC until May 2021, a team he joined in March 2020 replacing Douglas Bamweyana but could not help them survive relegation.
The outcome saw the former Makerere University Business School (MUBS) coach resign due to what he termed as unbearable working conditions towards the end of last season.
Ayiekoh has also had stints at different other UPL clubs like Police FC, Vipers SC, Busoga United and Tooro United. He is a coach so passionate about a result and will be a good catch for any team.
Irrespective of the fact that he is experienced and plays a modern style of football, Asaph Mwebaze has not had a job since February 2019 when he resigned as Nyamityobora FC head coach.
Recently, his modern philosophy about football, nearly earned him an assistant coach role at KCCA, a club he has supported since childhood but the deal fell through.
Besides Nyamityobora, he also worked with Onduparaka FC and with Maroons FC for a maximum of eleven years, the longest spell he has had at a club during his coaching career.
Rumour however has it that Mwebaze was at one time a consideration of his hometown club Mbarara City FC this summer before the Ankole Lions settled for Kefa Kisala.
An Express FC legend who fell out with the fans of the club as a coach during the 2019/20 season, thereby earning a sack in February 2020 with the team battling relegation.
He was replaced by yet another former player for the club, Wasswa Bbosa, who helped the club survive the drop and has since gone ahead to win a double (UPL and CECAFA) in his second season.
Throughout his coaching career, former Uganda Cranes player has managed at Kira Young, Nalubale, Kagera Sugar, Masaka LC, Military Police, Mutibwa Sugar, Musanze and Somalia national team.
Simwogerere has neither had suitors nor engaged in any management role since his Express FC debacle.
The list of managers without employment placements is quite elastic and the highlighted names can only provide a picture of the level of experience and class on the show.
Who are the head coaches currently at Ugandan clubs? Do they possess the level of experience that these guys hold? Who of these coaches gets an employment placement first?