Nsimbe leaves KCC in good stead

KAMPALA

George ‘Best’ Nsimbe left his position as KCC coach earlier than expected on Tuesday.
Nsimbe’s contract with KCC expires end of next January but has been granted leave by the club to allow him rest before taking up his assistant coach’s role at Tanzanian side Azam on February 1. His modest self will be truly missed in Ugandan football. Little wonder he got a modest send-off before kick – off of his hitherto side’s 2-1 victory over Kira Young in the Uganda Premier League (UPL) at Lugogo on Tuesday.
After a slow start to the season, KCC – who are now coached by Nsimbe’s former assistant, Abdallah Mubiru – have gained momentum and sit only three points away from the summit. The return of Brian Umony from trials in Thailand has given the Lugogo-based side much needed leadership and know-how on the front line while taking the pressure off other strikers Derrick Nsibambi and Paul Mucureezi.
Overall, the return of the league has been a bit low key as locals are still nursing yet another halt to Uganda’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign at the hands of Guinea. Make no mistake though as some clubs have been quick to return to form.
While Vipers remain the only unbeaten side in the league, it is worth noting that all clubs that lost on Tuesday had earlier on failed to win on Friday.
Bul Bidco have continued to silently rack up results. Despite being a low scoring side with only seven in 10 games, the Kakindu-based side have remained the league’s meanest defence, shipping in only three. SC Victoria University will be inspired by their 3-1 win over botton side Rwenshama but it is how they fare from now on that matters. While the next fixtures for them are tricky, it is the failing harmony between players and the board that could cast doom on their season, injuries notwithstanding. Club director Simo Dubajic has reportedly fallen out with some players over wage demands and it seems the club is struggling financially.
While at it, Supersport, who could have been another cash-cow for not only SCVU but all clubs at large have put a halt to their original plans to telecast league games and provide a sponsorship kitty till all clubs sign a deed of adherence. Only Vipers and SCVU are yet to sign and could reportedly face expulsion from the league if they don’t put pen to paper.
Kira Young had the trickiest fixtures as they visited and lost to SC Villa and KCC. Rwenshama and Soana have continued to find life in the topflight very demanding while Entebbe look uninspired. Police’s woes continued as they lost to Vipers. After a bright start to the season, Angelo Lonyesi’s men are struggling to win games.
Coach of the week – George ‘Best’ Nsimbe
We pay homage to the stellar career Nsimbe has had during his tenure at KCC.

Player of the week – Karim Ndugwa
The SC Villa striker seems to have rediscovered his form. A goal against Kira Young last week was followed with a beautiful hat-trick this week.

Moment of the week – Abdallah Mubiru’s chance
The former Proline coach has been playing second fiddle to Nsimbe at KCC. He is his own man now owing to his former boss’ departure.
Team of the week – 4-4-2
Goalkeeper: Ismail Watenga (Vipers)
Defenders: Ronnie Kiseeka (KCC), Martin Mpuuga (SCVU), Fahad Kawooya (SC Villa) Habib Kavuma (KCC), Midfielders: Baker Lukooya (Kira Young), Julius Mutyaba (SCVU), Brian Nkuubi (Kira Young), Simon Sserunkuma (Express) Strikers: Brian Umony (KCC), Karim Ndugwa (SC Villa).

RESULTS – MATCH DAY 9
Friday, November 21
Bright Stars 0-1 Sadolin Paints
Entebbe 0-0 Police
Lweza 1-2 Express
Simba 0-2 KCC
SC Villa 3-1 Kira Young
SCVU 3-1 Rwenshama
Soana 1-2 Bul Bidco
URA 2-2 Vipers
Match Day 10 – Tuesday, November 25
Police 1-2 Vipers
Bul Bidco 1-0 Rwenshama
Lweza 1-1 Bright Stars
Entebbe 0-4 SC Villa
KCC 2-1 Kira Young

MATCH DAY 11 – FIXTURES
Tuesday, December 2 (all at 4.30pm)
KCC vs. Bul Bidco, Lugogo
Rwenshama vs. URA, Mityana
Police vs. Express, Kavumba
Kira Young vs. Soana, Namboole
Friday, December 5 (all at 4.30pm)
Sadolin vs. Lweza, Bugembe
Bright Stars vs. Entebbe, Lugogo
SC Villa vs. Simba, Mityana
Vipers vs. SCVU, Buikwe

P W D L F A Pts
Vipers 9 7 2 0 14 6 23
SC Villa 10 7 1 2 17 3 22
KCC 9 6 2 1 15 4 20
BUL 10 5 4 1 7 3 19
Express 9 6 1 2 10 8 19
URA 9 3 5 1 16 9 14
Police 10 3 4 3 12 9 13
Bright Stars 10 3 4 3 9 8 13
SC VU 9 3 3 3 5 6 12
Sadolin Paints 9 2 4 3 6 8 10
Lweza 10 3 1 6 9 12 10
Simba 9 3 1 5 7 10 10
Kira Young 9 2 3 4 7 11 9
Entebbe 10 1 3 6 1 16 6
Soana 9 0 2 7 4 12 2
Rwenshama 9 0 2 7 5 19 2

Top scorers
Robert Ssentongo 7 URA
Karim Ndugwa 7 SC Villa
Umar Kasumba 5 Police
Brian Umony 5 KCC

mmuziransa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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