Acting Head coach Paul Kiwanuka has seen his short tenure as Uganda Premier League Bright Stars boss come to an end, with the club officially confirming on Monday that Fred Kajoba has signed a two year deal as we had exclusively reported in July.
Kajoba the Uganda national team assistant coach a veteran former Cranes goal keeper had seen his long term stay at the army side Simba FC run out and had reportedly signed a pre – contract with Bright Stars F.C in June before they represented Uganda Peoples Defence Forces at the East African military games in Zanzibar.
His appointment was confirmed by Stars chairman Ronald Mutebi in a telephone interview with Red Pepper Online edition while journalists also attended his unveiling at a training session at the club’s base in Mwereirwe, Matugga.
“After a long meeting with my board, we decided to hire Fred Kajoba as the new head coach of Bright Stars football club.
“We believe in him, he has quality skills, good discipline, he gets on well with the players, he is a friendly man also.
“Soccer players must not have a coach like a policeman or a military man. To be coach he must be a friend, a father, everything, then the player will play for the coach,” he added.
Kajoba meanwhile is looking forward to the job, admitting the seat comes with pressure, but this he says is something he will be relishing.
“I am privileged to join Bright Stars. I have been in Ugandan football both as a player and now a coach. So I know the club I am coming in to.
“The good thing is our position on the log (sixth). The bad thing is there may be consequences because of changing coaches.
“I will do my best to give positive input, to work on their psychology. I’ll do my best, try to improve things, implement what I do best. If the result is on my side obviously I will stay longer.”
Not a soldier, no job at Simba
Kajoba’s contract at Simba ran out at the end of September and the UPDF policy on employing civilian staff could not allow him to continue coaching at the club Red Pepper learnt.
However Simba FC limited secretary Isaac Jurugo wrote to the tactician asking him whether he wished to continue coaching the team to no response while Kajoba had continued to be linked with another Bright Stars since August.
“Whereas UPDF was not willing to renew his contract because he is a civilian, Simba FC had written to him asking to know whether he (Kajoba) can continue with us as an employee of the company. He pocketed the letter and kept quiet,” Jurugo explained.
He accused Kajoba of coaching Bright Stars in private thus paying divided attention to the clubs as Simba FC continued to degenerate. Kajoba, who took over from Sam Ssimbwa in 2009 had enjoyed a frosty relationship with the leadership of Simba FC especially after the league board slapped a five match ban on him and stripped the club of three points and three goals for their match that aborted at Wankulukuku last season.
Kajoba was also fined sh750,000 after the referee’s report implicated him in circumstances that led to the abandonment of the match against Express FC.
Jurugo said that Simba was already hunting for a qualified coach to assume the job with immediate effect because their assistant coach is not qualified enough to take on the mantle as required by FUFA rules.
FUFA rules require a coach to hold at least a CAF ‘C’ coaching certificate to handle a Uganda Premier League club.
Kajoba’s immediate task for Bright Stars is a tricky short trip to Namboole Kira Young signs a 2 year deal worth U.shs 2.5M per month with special undisclosed match and training allowances.
UPL Week 8:
Tues, 4th November 2014:
Bul F.C Vs Lweza F.C
At Kakindu Stadium