Express FC’s new Coach George Ssemwogerere has conducted his first training session at Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku on Wednesday, a day after he was appointed officially as the new club coach.
Ssemwogerere, a former Club and Country captain, replaced Kefa Kisala who was sacked after a run of poor results.
Ssemwogerere met the players early morning and present were Club CEO Junju Hamza, Alex Kinobe (Chairman Technical), club legends Ibrahim Buwembo and Godfrey Nyola.
The Coach got to know the players through a short introduction session where each player named his position on the pitch, before he held a long conversation that lasted for about an hour.
He later took the team through drills that were highlighted with stationary exercise which he said that will build up their ability.
Speaking to the few Press men shortly after the session, he said that he feels good to be back at Express FC.
Express has young and good players, but they may not know what it means to be playing for this club so we have to instill them that love for this great club.”
We have to make them love this club, because this is express FC.”
Ssemwogerere finds Express in tenth place on the 16 team log and when asked about his goals for the season, he revealed:
We have to be in the top positions and that’s any coach would want. I have less time and I know that but I have to fulfill my targets.”
I know some of these players, I know Odur because I have seen him for along while but for now I have to pretend like I dont know him and he is the one to show me that he is Odur.”
Ssemwogerere’s first tests are trips against BUL FC on Sunday at Njeru Technical centre and Nyamityobora at Kakyeka Stadium.
Express FC will play their first game at home under the new coach against Police FC in the Uganda Cup before hosting Maroons FC in the league.
Ssemwogerere, speaking about the load ahead in line with his tactics, revealed:
I believe that Kisala is a good coach, but he didn’t have a commanding language. These players need someone who has to use an iron hand.
These players have the ability but they are just lazy, we had just two shots on goal against Police! Really?”
Ssemwogerere will be helped by James Magara (Assistant) and Hassan Mubiru (Trainer). Speaking about his technical team, he explained:
I have a good technical team and they know what to do, Magara will help me with the Keepers, Mubiru was a striker and he will help out the forwards. I was a defender and you know what that means.
I have been with Mubiru (and Magara) everywhere – In Kira Young, Nalubaale, Mbale, Tanzania, Somalia so I had to consider that together with quality.”