Kitara Football Club on Sunday evening officially presented to their fans at Kigaaya playgrounds, CAF A license holder Sam Ssimbwa Bamweyana as their new head coach for the rest of the season.
Ssimbwa, who was appointed following the suspension of Mark Twinamatsiko last month, will have the opportunity to renew his contract after expiry should he guide Kitara back to the Uganda Premier League.
Before a packed Kigaaya playground, the club president Deo Kasozi alongside his predecessor Godfrey Bamwenda and CEO Joshua Atugonza, unveiled the experienced gaffer together with his entire technical team and four new players who joined in the just concluded January transfer window.
George Lutalo, Hamza Muwonge and Nicholas Ssengoba will work with Ssimbwa as assistant, goalkeeping coach and physiotherapist respectively to steer the Royals to success.
Lutalo has previously worked with Ssimbwa as an assistant at URA football club while Hamza Muwonge played under the latter who was then Mohammad Abbas’ assistant on the national team in 2005.
Speaking on his appointment, Deo Kasozi told Kitara FC media, “Sam Ssimbwa’s resume speaks for itself; he is proven and experienced enough to guide our club to the top flight next season.”
The former Cranes assistant coach has had an illustrious coaching career, winning two Uganda cup titles with Mbale Heroes and Express FC before winning the league title for the Red Eagles in 2012.
He has also managed Sofapaka in Kenya, Atraco FC of Rwanda, KCCA, Police, Simba, URA FC among others.
Ssimbwa expressed his delight during his first interview, “we are excited to be here and promise to work as a team; with my players and administration to make sure we bring success to Kitara.”
“One of our roles is to get the best from the players while the most important thing is winning games away from home which has been a challenge if you look at the first round, thus we must work hard to improve that record inorder to qualify to the Uganda premier next season.”
Meanwhile, Richard Makumbi and Denis Kiyimba were appointed as head and assistant coach respectively of the Kitara U-17 team.
Relatedly, the new quartet of Paul Mucureezi, Godfrey Lwesibawa, George Ssenkaba and Farouk Katongole were also unveiled to the fans before being unleashed in a 3-1 win over Kagadi United in a practice match.