Uganda Premier League

Express confirm Baker Mbowa as new head coach, Isabirye heads to Kyetume

Kampala, (UG):- Uganda Premier League giants Express FC have confirmed the appointment of Abubaker Mbowa as its new head coach, replacing Alex Isabirye who resigned on March 1. 

The Red Eagles wasted no time in securing Mbowa’s services, who joins the Wankulukuku side along with former club captain Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba as his first assistant.

“The club wishes to announce Abubaker Mbowa as the new head coach,” the statement from the club read on Monday, March 4, 2024, as Mbowa and Mutyaba inked two-year deals to lead the team. 

The pair’s arrival follows the departure of Isabirye and his assistant Augustine Nsumba, who cited ‘lack of support’ from club officials as their reason for leaving.

Isabirye, a seasoned coach who previously led Vipers to UPL and Uganda Cup victories, wasted no time finding a new role, as he is set to take charge of Kyetume FC. 

His tenure at Express FC ended amidst financial turmoil, with players reportedly going three months without pay.

Express FC, now under the guidance of Mbowa and Mutyaba, finds itself in eighth position in the Uganda Premier League, with 29 points from 19 games. 

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The new coaching duo faces the task of rejuvenating the team’s performance as they strive for success in the remaining fixtures of the season.

Meanwhile, Isabirye’s return to Kyetume marks a homecoming of sorts, albeit under different circumstances. 

He previously had a brief stint with the club in 2021, before being replaced after a series of disappointing results. 

Now, with the team languishing in the red zone of the Big League, Isabirye faces the challenge of steering Kyetume towards a more promising trajectory.

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As Isabirye prepares to take the helm at Kyetume, Express FC must regroup and adapt to life under new leadership. 

The upcoming matches will test the resilience and tactical acumen of both coaches as they seek to make their mark in Ugandan football.

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