Players to Watch in This Year's Super League

Players to Watch in This Year's Super League


The players to watch in Uganda's super league football.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: January 30, 2006


The long waited national soccer super league finally kicked off this weekend (Saturday January 28, 2006) with KCC FC sharing the spoils with Police FC. Both teams unveiled some new exciting talents and more glaring action is expected to keep the fans on their toes through out the whole season. Ramathan Kasozi looks at some of the players to watch.

GOAL KEEPERS

Hanington Kalyesubula
Club: POLICE FC
Age:24
Nickname:Bathez
A former SC Villa custodian who inspired his team to its first league title last season, Kalyesubula joined Police FC two seasons back. A fine shot stopper, Kalyesubula also organizes his defense well and is not easy beat in sport kicks. He is however criticized for being mistake prone and is poor when playing under pressure.

Salim Magoola
Club:SC Villa
Age: 25
Salim
Has just joined the club from Mtibwa Sugar works of Tanzania to take over Denis Onyangos responsibility who defected to Ethiopia. Magoola has almost every quality that a good goalie needs including the body structure and height. He mastered well when to and when not to come off the line. However, his capability in handling the dead balls is questionable.

Hamza Muwonge
Club: Simba SC
Age: 21
A young promising goalie with long kicks that can create goals, good at one-on-one situations. Inconsistence, inexperience and arrogance will however be his un-doing.

DEFENDERS

Simeon Masaba
Club: Police FC
Age: 24
Simon Masaba
A valuable summer signing from Villa, he is an attack minded right full back with hard tackles. Simeon and Villas Steven Nsereko are among the few players in the country who can play any where on the pitch. However, critics often attack him for his unnecessary touches and passing.

Lawrence Segawa
Club:Police FC
Age: 22
The countrys new first rising star, he is a left full back who has just returned home from professional trials in South Africa. A replica of Arsenals Ashley Cole, with timely tackles and neat passes, but with un-convincing headers and playfulness in defense.

Andy Mwesigwa
Club: SC VILA
Age: 24
He is the clubs commander in chief. His teammate, Hakim Magumba describes him as the hardest player in the league. A Matarrazi of Uganda, whose feet are as good as his head with a high team spirit, which perhaps explains why he often shed tears when his team looses. He joined from Mbale Heroes in the 2002 season courtesy of Micho Sredovich. He is however a mistake and red card prone player.

Israel Emuge
Club: Express FC
Age: 22
He has just acquired the clubs captanancy armband from Richard Malinga who defected to URA SC. He has an intimidating body structure, is good in air but poor in one-on-one situation and has to calm down his tempers.

David Iga
Club: Police FC
Age: 25
He is the clubs skipper. He joined from SC Villa in the 2001 season. He is very short but with jumping springs to challenge any aerial threat. Fantastic in one-on-one situation, good at passing and timing, but slow and hardly overlaps.

MID FIELDERS

Noah Kasule
Club: URA SC
Age: 26
Nickname: Babadi
URAs new catch from KCC FC, probably the roughest mid fielder in the country. The Rasta man can only be compared to AC Millans Ganaro Gattuso. Tackling, passing and scoring are some of his strong points. Like many of the defensive mid fielders, Babadis name can hardly miss in the referees caution book.

Philip Ssozi
Club: Victor United
Age: 26
Nick name: manager we Lukuli
Philip Ssozi in yellow
A former SC Villa mid field workhorse who has just joined from Rwandan giants APR FC. A dead ball specialist whose left leg is as good as his right.

Augustine Nsumba
Club: Villa
Age: 19
Nickname: Deco
According to me, he is currently the most skillful entertaining player in the country, who can only remind you of the great Jackson Mayanja talent. He is short but with the capacity to take on anyone of any size. He is excellent in passing, dribbling and scoring. However, the young star before kicking any league ball has a case to settle with FUFA following his illegal defection to Rwanda last year.

Nicolas Kabali
Club: Express FC
Age: 19
He is the clubs new left fleeted kid on block, voted as the best in last years league. Can take on any defender, good at crossing and often appears on score sheets. Its just a matter of time for Express to revive another Kefa Kisala.

STRIKERS

Godfrey Sserunkuma
Club: KCC FC
Age: 23
A product of Police FC, one of the most clinical finishers in the country, very intelligent, creative, superb in one-on-one situations. In short, he is a one-chance one-goal player. He however rarely falls back to support his defensive department and some times he is criticized for being slow.

Martin Muwanga
Club: Police FC
Age: 21
Nickname: Obfemi Martins
He was last years top scorer, regularly finds targets and supports the mid field. His problem is being casual and poor in one-on-one situations. This perhaps partly explains why he has failed many professional trials.

Robert Sentongo
Club: SC Villa
Age: 20
Has the shooting power, speed and springs to head despite his pint size. Uses both legs good at ball control and often falls back to support the defense. His biggest undoing is being temperamental.

Hassan Mubiru
Club: Express FC
Age: 26
Nickname: Figo
Hassan Mubiru
A former Police FC and Villa hit man, Mubiru has just re-joined Express FC after a short stint with APR of Rwanda. He is the most celebrated striker in the country but his current form dictates otherwise. However, on a good day he is a person who can turn to be a cobra in his opponents box. Greatly remembered for his 2 goals that sunk Algeria in 1999 at Nakivubo stadium on his international debut. He is however criticized for being undisciplined and inconsistent.


By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: January 30, 2006
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.