Watching KCCA FC play, it is easy to dismiss their success as a result of being part of a well funded organization, the Kampala Capital City Authority. That maybe part of the reasons for KCCA FC’s success but there is also their manager Mike Ray Mutebi.
Born March 1970, KCCA FC manager Mike Ray Mutebi is arguably one of the best local tactical football brains.
An old boy of Namilyango College, Kibuli Secondary School and a graduate with a Diploma in Business management and accounts from then Nkumba College (Now Nkumba university), Mutebi is man of a rare character but enviable knowledge of the beautiful game.
At first glance, the ever sharply dressed Mutebi strikes a casual observer as tough talking, abrasive, egoistical and unforgiving in the demands he places on those who play under him.
This writer has had the privilege to follow Mutebi’s career for nine years. In those nine years, I have watched Mutebi manage two clubs, Sports Club Villa and of course KCCA FC. Like all keen football lovers, I always wondered about the secret to Mutebi’s soaring managerial career.
I had to wait until 2017 to put to Mutebi this question and his answer was as simple and profound, “You can be the manager of a club but you can’t know everything. This is the practice internationally. Managers appoint specialists in all key departments like fitness, goal keeping, and others.”
MUTEBI’S BACKROOM STAFF:
- ASSISTANT MANAGER MORLEY BYEKWASO
Morley Byekwaso is Mike Mutebi’s second in command. Behind assisting the boss in administrative duties, coach Morley like they refer to him at Lugogo also has technical role.
A former attacking midfielder/forward, Byekwaso is also the assistant charge of strikers and players in the final third. During training, sights of him and players like Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Derrick Nsibambi and Patrick Kaddu among others are not unusual.
He guides them on what to do in various game situations.
- ASSISTANT COACH JACKSON MAGERA.
This one is charged with executing the coach’s philosophy. His role is to explain the shape and game plan to the players and ensure that they play the manager’s way.
He is also in charge of the U-17 team.
- FITNESS COACH BADRU KADDU
Kaddu has worked with Mike for over a decade. He understands his boss like the back of his hand.
Badru Kaddu is the fitness coach. This one is responsible for player fitness.
- GOAL KEEPING COACH DANIEL KIWANUKA
Kiwanuka is in charge of the shot stoppers.
- KABUYE ROBERT
The newest recruit on the technical bench. The UEFA licensed coach is also an assistant but mainly charged with monitoring players’ involvement on the round figure.
The touches they make on the ball and how much desire they show.
- PHYSIOTHERAPIST IVAN SSEWANYANA
Like any professional club, KCCA FC has a physiotherapist who makes sure that the players do recover well from injuries if any.
This one is Ssewanyana’s assistant.
- STATISTICIAN ALLAN NSUBUGA
The club also has a statistician who picks all the stats of each of the players mainly during matches.
The assistants are always required to give a report to the manager at the end of every training session and it is from this that he will make an informed decision of which of the over 30 players are fit to play on match day.
Mike Mutebi manages KCCA FC like a school. Players are expected to check in at Lugogo before 8:00am and after the morning training they rest on mattresses provided at the stadium until evening when they reassemble for evening training sessions.
Lunch and breakfast are served at Lugogo and no one is allowed to leave before 5:00pm unless the boss has released them with a signed cheat.
With such organization, it is not surprising that KCCA FC made history as the first club to reach the group stages of the CAF Champions league. It was all by design.