Express FC chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka (KK) was born in 1972, the same year his grandfather Jolly Joe Kiwanuka was whisked away by the brutal men of Idi Amin Dada.
About 15 years back, that is 1957, Jolly Joe who was the manager of Uganda Express newspaper had founded a football club called Express FC.
Jolly Joe was never seen again by his family. His son, Jimmy Mugambe Kiwanuka (father of KK) extended the family legacy when he also took over the chairmanship of the club.
Like a hollywood script, KK later took over the club in 2018, replacing Hajji Hassan Bulwadda. About a season back, the once prestigious Express had just survived relegation on the last day of the season.
Three years later, the Red Eagles are back where Jolly Joe wanted them to be when he founded it. And its his grandson KK that has restored parity.
Express FC is the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League champions, their first league title since 2011/12.
“My grandfather started this initiative,” KK told Bukedde FM. “He got lost the year I was born, so we are actually not certain of how many years he was still arrive after he was taken. My Dad took over at one stage as well.”
“I have to dedicate this league title to them, they did everything to see that Express prosper.
“We have gone through a lot aa a club and praise be to God we are finally champions. I salute you all who have been part of the success this season and in the past as well.”
KK, who was appointed through a board meeting, was given the mandate to lead the club for three years but the City Lawyer, recently appointed the new Attorney General, passionately says that “I will be the club chairman till death. The board will decide, so its upon them and God’s plans, but Express is my life.”
“Express FC will continue smoothly without me, I will one day die, we are working on plans to see that the club does not entirely rely on only one person.
“As a chairman, I have done the easiest job this season, and that has been talking, giving orders and looking for money for the team.”