July 31, 2013

Hassan Wasswa ‘proud’ to skipper KCC

Richard Malinga has retired and passed on the KCC captaincy to Hassan Wasswa (Photo: John Battanude)
Richard Malinga has retired and passed on the KCC captaincy to Hassan Wasswa (Photo: John Battanude)

Hassan Wasswa says he is proud to be honoured by Kampala City Capital Authority FC after the Lugogo club named him as captain, taking over the armband from Richard Malinga who retired to join the technical team in charge of City Lads, KCC’s junior side.

Speaking to the Pepper Online, the Uganda Cranes defensive expressed his delight to be starting a new chapter in his career with the club.

His appointment was announced on Monday evening at Lugogo as the league defending champions started training for the 2013-14 Uganda Premier League opener next month.

“It makes me really happy and proud to be KCC captain – it’s a real honour. I won’t change the way I am, though. The boss makes you captain because of the way you are, so I won’t change how I am in the dressing room or outside. I want to lead by example, and do as well as I can on the pitch,” he told Red Pepper.

The new KCC captain joined the club after a nasty contract war with his former Turkish club Erciyesspor
The new KCC captain joined the club after a nasty contract war with his former Turkish club Erciyesspor

Wasswa, who skippered Uganda national team on occasion most notably the 2012 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup triumph in Kampala and spearheading Uganda’s qualification to the 2014 CHAN Finals in South Africa with two legged victories over Tanzania, said he enjoys the responsibility of captaincy, and paid tribute to his predecessor.

“Richard did it really well last year, and of course what he did on the pitch was great as well,” he said.

The tough as teak midfielder will begin his duties as skipper on August 20 KCC face record champions SC Villa at Nakivubo Stadium.

KCC will also feature in the Orange CAF Champions League next season by virtue of being Ugandan league champions.

Wasswa, 25 is capped 28 times for Uganda, played for Kampala City in 2006 before moving to Ethiopia’s St. George’s in 2007, FC Cape Town (South Africa), Karabükspor, Altay S.K., Kayseri and Erciyesspor in Turkey before returning to Kampala and is reportedly close to joining South Africa’s Premier Soccer league side Free State Stars.

Hassan Wasswa has occasionally skippered the Uganda National team
Hassan Wasswa has occasionally skippered the Uganda National team
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