KMC FC dismisses Mayanja exit rumours

06Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
KMC FC dismisses Mayanja exit rumours

KINONDONI Municipal Council (KMC) FC has denied reports that Ugandan coach Jackson Mayanja has left the team after the squad had started the 2019/20 Vodacom Premier League season with a pair of defeats.

Jackson Mayanja

Mayanja was not in charge when KMC FC registered their second win of the season with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Biashara United on Monday at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Monday.

KMC FC took Biashara United on the back of one win in six matches in all competitions and were trailing leaders Simba by sixteen points.

With assistant coach, Mrage Kabange, in charge and Mayanja nowhere to be seen near the stadium, reports suggested the he had been sacked following the 1-0 away defeat to Ruvu Shooting, but the club have moved swiftly to deny this.

Though his future at the club remains blurred, the side’s Chairman and Kinondoni Municipal Mayor, Benjamin Sitta, has reassured that Mayanja is still KMC FC head coach.

“Reports on the coach having left the team are not true, he is our coach and he is still with us. We had our agreements and expectations but unfortunately we are struggling so we had a meeting to iron out issues,’’ Sitta said.

KMC FC will next be in action on Friday when the outfit hosts high flying Kagera Sugar in what would seem a must-win match for Mayanja, despite the backing of the Kinondoni Municipal-owned club.

The 2019/20 season is barely 10 rounds but has already claimed five coaching casualty following the exit of Malale Hamsini at Ndanda FC and Fred Felix ‘Minziro’ at Singida United.

Coaches Amri Said, Athuman Bilal 'Bilo' and Etienne Ndayiragije are, as well, the victims, given they were sacked by Biashara United, Alliance FC and Azam FC respectively.

A gripping battle to beat the drop is expected as the topflight structure will reduce to a 16 team competition in the 2021/22 from the current 20-team affair.

To get to down to 16 teams, four teams will be automatically relegated, and two will be promoted from First Division League (FDL) at the end of this new season and the next one.

The play-off format that was introduced last season has added drama with two teams from the top flight fight to retain their status against two teams from the FDL, who will finish as first runners up in their groups.

With relegation fear in mind, teams are impatient with coaches and very reluctant to offer them a few more games to turn things around.

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