KAMPALA- His record is the envy of many coaches. In his coaching career, Richard Makumbi, 56, has helped a dozen teams gain promotion to the top flight.
Starting today, he will know whether his magic can help fifth-placed Kitara bulldoze Proline, Kiboga Young, Kansai Plascon and Dove from the three top places which matter most for any promotion hopefuls. After returning from Kenyan side Western Stima, Makumbi, who disappeared in thin air after agreeing a contract extension at Mbarara city, a team he had helped to the Uganda Premier League, he vowed to deliver the goods.
“I have just been unveiled but I will assess the squad. I don’t have enough time but I will play some friendlies to catch up,” he noted.
Allan Kabonge, who quit Entebbe and Mark Twinamasiko, were the front runners for the job that fell vacant after Edward Golola returned to Vipers following the sacking of Mexican Martinez Espinoza.
His assignment will last until the end of the season and the Caf B licenced coach will work with Docker Magara.
His illustrous career is blighted by allegations of sorcery, a view he has refuted, even though it has refused to go away.
After his retirement in 1992, he started his coaching at Scoul. Buikwe Red Stars, Utoda, Bunnamwaya (now Vipers), Mukono Lions, Fire Masters, Bul, Soana, Mbarara City, Iganga TC, are among the clubs he has helped earn promotion.