George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, the KCC FC coach, has recently come under fire over the way the team exited from the Caf Champions League, but the former Cranes midfielder assures John Vianney Nsimbe he is the best-placed person to turn around the club fortunes.
Just like his stocky structure, something that was portrayed in his approach and style as a player- tough, Nsimbe is bullish about his future as KCC FC coach.
He said: “As a coach, I trust my tactical awareness and I am sure I can stand shoulder to shoulder with other African club coaches when it comes to developing a top side that can challenge for big honours.”
Nsimbe went to Germany a couple of years ago for a month’s training in coaching, like many other Ugandan coaches. But critics have often argued that those month’s coaching courses are inadequate to produce top-level coaches because they are set for preliminary stages.
As start-ups, they give one very little knowledge for them to expect that they can be top coaches riding on lessons that only span a month. More coaching courses that are even examinable are needed. Interestingly, Nsimbe was in agreement with the fact that getting more coaching tutelage would do him a world of good because it would shore up his experience and knowledge of the game.
But what he doesn’t agree with, is the view that it is his lack of tactical acumen that messed up his team’s chances of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League, where they would have hosted Egypt’s Zamalek on the weekend of March 21 to 23.
KCC missed out on that and Nsimbe’s critics said that his tactical decisions in the return leg against Nkana FC were without thought or sense of pragmatism. Yet, for Nsimbe, he retorted that all those were learning experiences. He continued that he learnt that African football is so competitive and that it is difficult to just boast of a good home record to win ties.
Teams win anywhere provided they are well organised and stable. And it is the lack of stability that has been the undoing of most Ugandan clubs on the continent. Nsimbe linked this even to the mystery of their good away form, yet poor home form.
“We played with a lot of ease away from home because we had nothing to lose. At home, we had a lot of pressure and failed to play well, and that is because the players were inexperienced.”
Nonetheless, it goes without saying that it is the coach’s responsibility to build his team’s self-belief. But at Namboole stadium, KCC were a pack of nerves, even failing to execute a simple basic of showcasing a playing style or philosophy of their coach. Nsimbe said: “I am a firm believer in attacking and possession football. I like penetrating through the middle, which is why my favourite system is a 4-2-1-2-1.”
But with a largely new team from the one he used at KCC back in 2009, Nsimbe’s tactical beliefs appeared to remain on paper, as little was applied. When SC Villa became a force on the continent back in the early 1990s, their team had been together for donkeys years.
Such was the case for the 1995 Express team. And continuity is what Nsimbe will hope KCC’s administration ensures if they are to have an impact on the big stage. And reading between the lines, continuity means having Nsimbe around too considering that he was also sacked back in 2009.
Interestingly, Nsimbe wasn’t keen on discussing his future. Instead, he said he had a good team that is full of prospect. Well, that includes parts that are seen to have stagnated by many people. The likes of Tony Odur and Steven Bengo, who have for long flattered to deceive, yet now the evening is setting in.
To expect them to turn the fortunes of any Ugandan club on the continent is seen as day-dreaming. However, Nsimbe is adamant those players have it within themselves to take KCC places because they are technically good.
But with this being the third time Nsimbe had led a team to the continent once with Victors FC in the Caf confederations Cup of 2011 and twice with KCC, under him is an experience of 16 continental ties and probably a few more can see him and whoever he will be coaching, finding their mojo.
Source : The Observer