Another change has been effected at western side Nyamityobora Football Club with former head coach Alex Isabirye returning to the club, days after former coach Asaph Mwebaze threw in the towel.
Isabirye coached the club during the 2017/2018 season and set them well on the path of gaining promotion from the Big League before joined top division side Tooro United.
His return, in the capacity of technical director after signing a three-year contract was confirmed by a statement from Nyamityobora Football Club.
He has been working as head coach at big league side Kyetume FC and resigned hours after guiding them to the Uganda Cup quarter finals.
“We announce the arrival of Alex Isabirye as technical director. He signed a three year employment contract,” said a club statement.
The Abanyakare have had such a difficult first season in the top flight with two coaches already resigning in the space of just six months. Their rocky start to the season climaxed in a 6-1 thrashing at KCCA, a game which saw James Odoch part ways with the club amid bad blood between club chairman Ben Misagga and the coach.
With Odoch labeled unfit to manage a club of Nyamityobora’s stature, Misagga promised better and he seemed to have delivered on his promise with the acquisition of Asaph Mwebaze. But 11 games later, Mwebaze won just twice, drew as much and lost seven games leaving after just 78 days.
Mwebaze promised attacking and exciting football but despite the 4-1 drubbing of Police FC, his side looked suspect in attack and the manner in which he lost the Mbarara derby to rivals Mbarara city and three consecutive losses did not go down well with the fans who demanded he steps down.
But Isabirye has already acknowledged the difficulty of the task that lies ahead of him and his technical team but he sounded confident given his knowledge of the modern game underlying the fact that he is returning home.
“I understand the dynamics of the modern game. It has been a hard decision to leave Kyetume but I am ready for fresh challenges every day. I am ready to serve Nyamityobora and happy to return to a club I call home,” said Isabirye.
The former URA, Tooro United and Kyetume coach will be tasked with galvanizing the dressing room which seemed to have grown disjointed under Mwebaze.
Isabirye will work with Juma Ssekiziyivu, an interim coach since Mwebaze’s surprise resignation. And the two will plot the survival of the club which lies 15th on the log. His first outing with the club starts with the long trip to Zombo to visit fellow strugglers Paidha Black Angels on Thursday.
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