Henry Malinga climbing the radar at Kampala City Council FC in a coaching capacity is “not impossible”, FUFA President Moses Magogo has revealed.
Malinga, who became helped KCCA win back to back league titles in 2012-13 during a glorious two term spell before heading into retirement last season, made a surprise return to Lugogo club as part of the backroom staff.
John Luyinda and Malinga will work as first and second assistant respectively to new head coach Abdallah Mubiru while David Lumu is goal keeping coach.
And now Magogo has admitted the 31-year-old former Uganda Cranes defender could with the right training be successful in a coaching capacity, saying he has all the necessary ability to succeed in management.
“It’s not impossible,” the FUFA boss said on Tuesday at a dinner organised by the club to send off their coach George Nsimbe. “I welcome people who have played to come back but not [for just] an honorary job. My appeal to the club management is not to make him just sit at the bench but send him for elite coaching courses abroad and he will become even a better coach that benefits football development in Uganda.
“I remember meeting him (Malinga) in Kamuli playing for a non league club after his retirement and I could instantly tell he’s a born leader and manager.
‘”Has he the quality to be a good coach? Yes… but he has to decide to become a qualified one. When you’re a player, you think it’s so simple to be a coach. When you are an inexperienced coach, you think it’s so complicated suddenly and if you’re not prepared for that you cannot survive. He has to learn the job first.”