In the last of a three-part series on coaches of the Big Three Super League outfits, HASSAN BADRU ZZIWA looks at Express FC.
JOLLY ‘JOE’ KIWANUKA (R.I.P.): 1959-1973
The founding Chairman and coach of Express, Kiwanuka was a plain speaking coach who led the club from obscurity to the top. Sadly, he was kidnapped and killed in 1973.
ROBERT KIBERU (R.I.P): 1974-1977
A former Cranes coach and Express player, Kiberu led Express to two league titles (1974 & 1975). He crossed to Kenya when Express was banned in 1977.
ASHE MUKASA: 1979
When Express was ‘resurrected’ in 1979, Ashe acted as coach/player, he was replaced the following year.
JOHN DIBYA (RIP): 1980
The former Cranes winger failed to absorb the pressure from the rowdy fans who demanded results.
EMMANUEL NSUBUGA: 1980-1982
Nsubuga was at the helm when the club spent a fortune on recruiting star players. He was shown the exit at the end of the 1982 season after he failed to steer the club to greater heights.
HENRY BUYEGO: 1983
He was recruited from Nile FC where he served as a technical director. He was sacked at the end of the 1983 season after starting on a false note with losses to KCC (5-1) and SC Villa (4-0).
GEORGE MUKASA: 1984-85
Signed from SC Villa, he moulded a formidable side which won the 1985 Uganda Cup title and was piped to the league title by KCC on goal difference. He was taken ill and doctors advised him to take a sabbatical.
CHARLES MASEMBE: 1985-1986
Two defeats and a draw at the beginning of 1986 season earned him the sack.
DAN LUTALO: 1986
The defender handled Express from February until George Mukasa returned.
GEORGE MUKASA: 1986
With Express still struggling., Mukasa was forced to quit at the end of the season.
ROBERT KIBERU (R.I.P): 1987-1990
He returned to Express at the start of the 1987 season, but failed to make any inroads. He died on May 5, 1990.
BILLY KIZITO (R.I.P): 1990
He was in the Express hot-seat for just 3 weeks.
DAVID OTTI: 1990-1995
The veteran tactician overhauled Express, building a team that won successive Kakungulu Cups (1991 & 1992) before lifting the league title in 1993. He left Express for Villa in February 1995.
JIMMY MUGUWA: 1995-1996
He won the 1995 league and cup double as well as reached the semi-finals of the Africa Club Championships. No wonder he was shocked when he was demoted to assistant coach.
DRAGAN POPADIC: 1996-1997
To ensure that the club excelled on the continent, the Serb was signed in April 1996. He won the league (1996) and the 1997 Kakungulu Cup but was sacked in October 1997.
JIMMY MUGUWA: 1997-1998
Muguwa bounced back for a 3-month spell.
ABO KOROUMA: 1998-1999
The Sierra Leonean arrived at Wankulukuku in January only to be sacked in 1999 owing to his erratic behaviour.
GODFREY NYOLA: 1999
His reign lasted for 4 months.
RASHID SHEDU: 1999-2000
The Kenyan came towards the end of 1999, but was sacked in September 2000.
GODFREY NYOLA: 2000
Could only secure a 2nd-place league finish.
EDDIE MAY: 2000-2001
The Briton failed to live up to his billing, and was forced to quit in May 2001.
ASUMANI LUBOWA: 2001
Resigned in August 2001 after failing to win over fans.
GODFREY NYOLA: 2001
He was demoted to assistant coach despite beating rivals Villa to the Kakungulu Cup.
JIMMY MUGUWA: 2002
Signed from Police, his reign lasted 5 months.
ABDUL KADIR: 2002
A language barrier frustrated the Turk.
LEO ADRAA: 2002-2003
He failed and was asked to deputise Jan Fray in 2003.
JAN FRAY: 2003
The Dane was signed in April as technical director but later replaced Adraa as coach. SC Villa beat him to the league title on goal difference, but he won the Kakungulu Cup.
JAMES S’IANGA: 2004
Aside from his head butt on then Villa coach, Micho Sredojevich - the Kenyan’s spell was uneventful.
LEO ADRAA: 2004-2005
He never impressed during his return.
GODFREY NYOLA: 2005
As usual the club turned to Nyola but he didn’t make the grade.
POLLY OUMA: 2005
In December, Express hired Polly Ouma but he was sacked after a month in charge.
GEORGE SSIMWOGERERE: 2006
New club boss Sam Kiwanuka recruited former skipper, but Ssimwogerere left for a coaching course after a few weeks.
KEFA KISALA: 2006
The former left-winger led Express to Kakungulu Cup glory.
GEORGE SSIMWOGERERE: 2006
He returned and resumed his job but the loss the club suffered in the opening league game against City Lads earned him the sack.
KEFA KISALA: 2006-2007
He was elevated to head coach but forced to resign in April 2007.
IBRAHIM BUWEMBO: 2007
He came in April and vanished in May to save his life from angry fans.
KENNEDY LUBOGO: 2007
The former left back was asked to handle the club in the absence of a suitable coach.
SAM SSIMBWA: 2007
In June, Ssimbwa was recruited to save the club from relegation He did just that as well as winning the Kakungulu Cup. But he quit in September.
POLLY OUMA: 2007
He was again lured to Wankulukuku but lasted just one month.
JIMMY MUGUWA: 2007-2008
After a few months at the helm, he found himself serving under David Otti.
DAVID OTTI: 2008-TO DATE
The club turned to him to save the team from mediocrity, and has had a decent start to the season.
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