Onduparaka unveils assistant head coach Masaba


Former Uganda Cranes defender Simeon Masaba has been unveiled as the Onduparaka Football Club’s Assistant Head Coach at GreenLight Stadium alongside new striker Malish Jamal.

Masaba whose appearance at the stadium as training ahead of the forthcoming Uganda Cup challenge with Light S.S and the second half of the season kicked off on Monday took many by surprise and wondering what role he would play in the team after leading the boys through drills that day.

However, during Tuesday training, he was unveiled and introduced to the team as the new assistant head coach of the club deputising tactician Livingstone Mbabazi who had seen his 1.5 seasons at the club without an assistant.

“We really needed an assistant coach in this team just like many of the big teams across the globe and we believe in Simeon. he has proved to us that he really wants to work with us as he was only informed two days ago but managed to travel immediately,” said club chairman Mr. Nyakuni Benjamin when contacted after the unveiling.

Masaba who spent his club football career in the land of his origin featuring for Police, Villa and URA before retiring in 2015 is known as the longest serving right back for the national team and remembered for whipping pin point trademark crosses during his years as a player.

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The club also unveiled its first signing of the transfer period, Malish Jamal, a versatile striker set to fill in the gap left by Leku Alfred who returned to his parent Club Vipers SC after a short loan spell at the club.

“Jamal late last year signed for us on a 3year contract set to run until 2021 but we had to wait until now to officially unveil him as the transfer period hadn’t officially opened” hinted club pro Otelul Adams Vegas.

Jamal, a player who is rated highly by those within the camp who have played against him among who include Okocha Rashid, Gadaffi Gadinho and Coach Mbabazi will be donning on shirt number 14 for the men in green, a jersey number formally donned by veteran Okhuti Ceaser who earlier this season opted for shirt 28.

Credit: Onduparaka website