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KCCA’s coach Mutebi explains his winning style

Which living person do you most admire?

My mother. She became a single mother after the Idi Amin war but she never gave up on us. She has been so wonderful and made me what I am. She once told me that the biggest thing in life is to be fair to people. This is what I live by to date.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I am not a spendthrift but with the little I have I like to assist needy footballers.

What is your current state of mind?

I’ve been given a task of managing one of the biggest football clubs in Uganda and it has a lot of challenges. There’s a club and an institution. Everything you do must be intertwined because when the team performs well even the politicians who have been quarreling come together. What’s giving me sleepless nights now is mindset changing.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

People think you can do anything with money but many rich people are unhappy. Some have not earned respect but have bought loyalty with money. Such people can’t have influence on others.

On what occasion do you lie?

If my mother had a life threatening problem, I would lie to save her.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

None

Which living person do you most despise?

I may not despise a person but a character.  The problem is if am to mention this character I will have to mention a name which I don’t want.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Honesty

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Honesty

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I know I usually say ‘what’s this’, ‘gosh’ especially when coaching.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My mother

When and where were you happiest?

In 1997 when I got my firstborn, my only son.  He came at the time when I had just left KCC with a lot of disappointment and was still angry.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I pray that God gives me a skill of being motivational. I would love to be one who brings people together.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

At 46, I don’t think I can change anything now.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Having helped some footballers have belief that they matter in society. David Obua and Ssekajja Ibrahim have said they learnt something from me and that its self-belief.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I don’t wish to come back.

Where would you most like to live?

Uganda

What is your most treasured possession?

I can’t say. It’s a secret.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

The pain of losing somebody and knowing that they are gone and will never come back.

What is your favorite occupation?

Sport because it’s healthy, entertaining, and income generating at the same time.

What is your most marked characteristic?

People who know me would best answer that.

What do you most value in your friends?

Being true to me

Who are your favorite writers?

I am reading football books and those written by Alex Ferguson and Johan Cruyff are my best reads.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I am not a fan.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I admire three people. Johan Cruyff for he transformed world football and I try to be like him. I also emulate Mandela who I met at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was aging and dying but he told us never to do wrong things. I also believe Robert Mugabe is a great man despite problems now in his evening. The intelligence, focus and articulacy this man has are second to none.

Who are your heroes in real life?

To date I call my mother when I have a challenge. She is my number one hero.

What is it that you most dislike?

People who are dishonest are very bad that they can mortgage somebody for something immaterial.

What is your greatest regret?

I regret having failed to join university because of football. Because of challenges back then, I couldn’t manage studying and playing. I had to choose football.

How would you like to die?

At home quietly in bed.

What is your motto?

If I am doing the right thing I will never be sorry.

 

 

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