ISAAC KIRABIRA: What next for Uganda’s most “intelligent” player

Daniel NSUBUGA

It’s now a public secret that KCCA will not extend Isaac Kirabira’s contract.

The midfielder has been limited to three cameo appearances in the league and a few times been an used substitute despite having an injury free season.

The development comes as a surprise to many that Mike Mutebi once declared Kirabira as the most intelligent player in Uganda.

It was after his commanding and exceptional display when KCCA beat Express Fc 1-0 in December 2017.

Blessed with an eagle eye vision, high technical ability and a good passing range, very few followers of Ugandan football would disagree with Mutebi’s words.

He said,

“Kirabira was key for this victory and he has always been, he held the team together”.

“… And I think that as far as I am concerned, he is the most intelligent player we have in the country”.

Signed from SC Villa on a three year contract in 2016, Kirabira guided KCCA to a domestic double having played in every game that season including the CAF champions league matches.

Kirabira only managed full 90 minutes against Maroons

In his second year, he won the Uganda cup, surrendering the league to Vipers SC but a successful expedition on the continent capped another glorious season.

KCCA’s conveyor belt of talent saw the rise of more competition for the diminutive midfielder, Lawrence Bukenya was promoted from the lower ranks, Jackson Nunda returned from a lengthy injury layoff whereas Allan Kyambadde and Nicholas Kasozi were signed from SC Villa.

The introduction of all those meant limited time for Kirabira and he ended up confined to the bench, he only managed 90 minutes against Maroons in Luzira, two cameo appearances against Onduparaka and URA plus a total snub on the continent.

WHAT NEXT

There have been emerging rumours of a switch to new comers Wakiso giants but the Elgon group winners appear to be well stocked in midfield.

They boast of Feni Ali’s experience, the class and craftiness of Ivan Kiweewa, the steel of Ayub Kisaalita and the industry of Hakim Senkumba.

Another potential destination of the midfielder would be the return to SC Villa where he has always been accorded cult status.

He is the last captain to have lifted any silverware for Villa, having guided them to the 2015/16 Uganda cup trophy. His experience and expertise would be very much welcome.

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