In what can be described as a surprise move, Julius Kabugo yesterday announced he was stepping down as KCCA FC club chairman.
“It is something that I knew from the very beginning when I was taking this responsibility that I was going to serve for two years and regardless of the results success or failure I was bound to step down in April 2017,” he told the Daily Monitor in an exclusive interview yesterday.
The decision comes just close to nine months since Kabugo, also the Deputy Director Treasurer Service at KCCA was offered a new two year term having initially been appointed on an interim basis in April 2015.
“The difference is that in April this year when I was supposed to announce the decision, the club was very busy chasing so many trophies and participating on the continent. It was not ideal for me to come through and declare my intentions. I thought it was important to let the club accomplish the season’s tasks. I also thought I would come through after the Uganda Cup final in Arua but everyone was talking about winning the double and again it was not timely,” he further explained.
“I had to choose the right moment and it is now that I have come through to share with our fans, sponsors and all stakeholders to let them know I will be stepping down on July 31.I have given my all in the past two years and I believe it is the right time,” he added.
Under his tenure, the club grew both on and off the pitch, winning two league titles and becoming the first Ugandan club to reach the group stages of a Caf club competition.
They also clinched a maiden League and Cup double in the club’s 54-year history following a 2-0 Uganda Cup win over Paidha Black Angels in Arua.
Kabugo meanwhile hailed the recruitment of coach Mike Mutebi as his biggest achievement at the club. “We have had great coaches before but Mike fits the bill in the way the club wants to move forward,” he said
Off the pitch, he was hailed for advocating for professionalism and spearheading a corporate culture at the club. “If I had doubts about the club’s continuity I wouldn’t have left. I am leaving because we have built systems,” added Kabugo who is expected to continue in his role at KCCA.