Omondi was part of the Ugandan team in camp but coach Bidandi Ssali dropped him reportedly on disciplinary grounds few days to the tournament kickoff. Omondi had just returned in September 1982 from United Arab Emirates, where he featured for Sharijah FC. The Cecafa Cup took place in November 1982.
Ronald Muyingo of Kasubi-Kawala says; Regarding your feature about the late Stanley ‘Tank’ Mubiru, you had a nice picture of the Uganda team which featured in the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, I would like to know the club each member played for that year. Secondly, how come Polly Ouma was not part of that team yet he was the country’s best striker at the time? And lastly, if the picture was taken during the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations, how come Omondi [Phillip] featured yet he was injured?
I have to state that much as Ouma was a great striker for The Cranes, he had lost his starting position and came in as a substitute in place of Omondi in that match against Ethiopia. Regarding Omondi’s presence, the tournament was played in February well before the Kilembe injury tragedy which occurred on April 10, 1976.
The players and officials were; David Otti (coach) and Bidandi Ssali (Team Manager as well as KCC’s coach). Others were; Jimmy Kirunda (KCC), Ashe Mukasa (Express), Tom Lwanga (KCC), Francis Kulabigwo (Simba), Keeper Hussein Matovu (KCC), Denis Obua (Police), Phillip Omondi (KCC), Stanley Mubiru (Express), Eddie Semwanga (Prisons), Moses Nsereko (KCC) and Leo Adraa (Nsambya).
Saida Zawedde of Kitebi asks; Why did Fufa change Kakungulu Cup to Uganda Cup; did the Kakungulu family fail to sponsor the tournament?
I’m yet to know the finer details but my guess is that the federation changed the name because the new sponsors – Uganda Breweries is associated with alcohol, something that doesn’t bode well with the Muslim Kakungulu family.
Then again, the Kakungulu family has never sponsored the event; instead, Fufa changed it from Uganda Cup to Kakungulu in 1992 as a sign of recognition for the late Prince Badru Kakungulu’s selfless work for Uganda Football from the 1920s upon his death in April 1991.
Richard Lukwago, a freelance sports journalist, says; I would like you to correct a few things in the previous Top 10 about nomadic players. Jimmy Sekandi didn’t play for KCC and two, Ibrahim Kongo joined KCC from Bell FC – not Maroons.
Well…it’s true Sekandi played for KCC in 1980 after graduating from KCC’s junior side City Cubs. He spent a season here, joined Coffee FC before moving to Nile FC in 1982. In Kongo’s case, you’re right that KCC got him from Bell FC. However, he had earlier played for Maroons before moving to Bell.
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