New Vision (Kampala)

3 May 2012

Uganda: Ssali to Coach KCC

FORMER KCC and Cranes goalkeeper Hussein Ssali has confirmed that he was ready to take charge of the club, but added that he would take up the assignment next year after completing some coaching courses.

He currently has USA's D license. I want to first attain the A license. That should be done by the end of next summer.

He strongly believes he can boost KCC's fortunes. I can make KCC rise and shine again. He is of the view that Ugandan footballers have the potential to match Africa's cream.

All that is required is commitment on the players' part. There should also be an enabling environment. Wrangles are killing the game.

Ssali, 31, together with other budding talents like David Obua, Geoffrey Bukohore, Andrew Mukasa and Ibrahim Sekagya, was part of the 1999 U-23 Kobs side that played to the All Africa Games semi-finals.

But the bulk of this squad left for the for the US shortly afterwards. Ssali got a sports scholarship at Virginia Intermont College. He later featured for Atlanta Silver Bucks in the A League.

KCC FC has opted for a coach in the diaspora in its quest to regain its past glory.

Since 2000 Ssali has been based in the US. He turns out for the Boston Ethiopian Sports Club in the Massachusetts Soccer League.

KCC's plans were announced by the club's veteran administrator John Mutenda at Ssali's wedding on Sunday at Silver Springs Hotel.

I have good news. Those who thought Ssali is returning to Boston are mistaken. He is still here and will be taking up the coaching job at Lugogo, revealed veteran club administrator John Mutenda as Ssali's wedding on Sunday.

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