KAMPALA – Wakiso Giants FC have confirmed Livingstone Mbabazi as their new head coach.
This follows weeks of speculation on who would take over at the Purple Sharks with several top coaching names including Jackson Mayanja linked to the job.
Mbabazi is understood to have put pen to paper on a three year deal that will run until 2023.
His appointment was confirmed on Friday morning.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Livingstone Mbabazi as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season, read a statement on Wakiso Giants FC official website.
Mbabazi replaces Kefa Kisala who was shown the exit door last month following a series of poor results.
Kisala had joined the Purple Sharks in June, taking over from Ibrahim Kirya who oversaw the club’s promotion to the top tier.
Steven Bengo took over on a temporary basis but could not continue as he did not have the necessary qualifications to do so.
Mbabazi’s appointment comes barely a month after leaving Onduparaka FC due to breach of contract.
The former Uganda Cranes international had returned to Arua in June but he was not paid both salary and signing bonus, prompting him to resign.
Speaking after signing the deal with Wakiso, Mbabazi noted that he is looking to achieve success with Wakiso.
“I am delighted to be joining a club with great ambitions, noted Mbabazi as quoted on the Wakiso Giants FC website.
“The club’s organisation and their sense of direction is what has attracted me and am looking forward to having success here.”
Mbabazi is an experienced coach having coached at a host of clubs including Onduparaka FC, Mbarara City FC and Kyetume, among others.
At the time he takes over at Wakiso, the Purple Sharks have ended their first round.
In their first 15 games, they won 6, drew 2 and lost 7, ending the opening round in 7th on the log with 20 points.