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Prince Nakibenge can save Express FC!

By Fred Kaweesi

Added 4th January 2016 08:42 AM

Why would the most successful club in the history of Ugandan football struggle for leadership and sponsorship?

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Prince Kassim Nakibinge

Why would the most successful club in the history of Ugandan football struggle for leadership and sponsorship?


Express is a club in serious crisis! Suffice it to say, the Red Eagles are on their deathbed. And unless something changes, the club could be history before the turn of 2016.


Over the last four months, Express FC has lost a chairman and three valuable players.

Chairman Francis Ntalazi was forced to resign over a week ago, while star players Caesar Okhuti, Issa Lumu and Mike Mutyaba have been forced to jump ship. Senior players Emma Kalyowa, Ayub Kiiza and Tony Odur are reportedly set to follow. Reason? The club lacks leadership.

The club is financially constrained. The club has no future. What a shame! Why would the oldest football club in Ugandan football sink this low?

Why would the most successful club in the history of Ugandan football struggle for leadership and sponsorship?

If the club’s nickname ‘Mukwano Gwa’bangi’ (a local phrase that means a friend to many) is anything to go by, then Express FC have the biggest fan base and as such should be in a better position than their current status suggests. But, they aren’t.

I personally feel that if Express is to experience a mini-revival, the club’s respectable Patron Prince Kassim Nakibinge will have to assume a more hands-on-approach at the club.

The Prince will have to shade his calm and laidback approach, and ‘show keen interest’ in the appalling situation at the club.

As Patron, the Prince is the best advocate for change, and only he, can recommend changes that will save a club that defines the pride of Ugandan football. It’s been quite a while since Express fans last felt their Patron’s involvement at the club.

His voice could make the difference. His voice could draw fans back to the club. His voice could be the vote of confidence that the sponsors and players need during these trying times.

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