Transfer Fever in Kampala

Transfer Fever in Kampala

As clubs scramble for players.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 30, 2006

As the Ugandan soccer transfer window approaches, various clubs have started scrambling for players in a bid to boost their squads ahead of the new season.

Following the disastrous two consecutive seasons for the county's most celebrated club Sc Villa, CECAFA kings Police FC and Jackson Mayanja's KCC FC, the clubs are leading the chase for the new signings, come 23rd October , when the transfer window opens.

Unconfirmed reports have it that Villa plans to break the bank if necessary and ambush the market as the club head coach Asuman Lubowa is alleged to have already submitted to his bosses a list of over 10 players needed to boast the Nsambya based side next season.

Top on the list is KCC FC and Cranes marksman pair of Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Anthony Bongoole. The two have been at the Lugogo based club for three seasons and since last season have been Villa's targets.

In last season's transfer window, Sserunkuma threatened to quit the club citing poor salary payments at Lugogo, before his bosses intervened in time to convince the 22 year old striker to change his mind by clearing his arrears in addition to lobbying a special package to renew the contract.

When contacted for the comment, Villa's spokesman Edward Luyimbazi Mugalu couldn't confirm nor deny their interest in the two players.

"I can't deny or confess, but the issue is that we are looking for serious strikers from here and outside the country to boost our squad," said the long serving Villa park official.

Villa however, faces a stiff challenge from Police FC, Lawrence Mulindwa's Bunamwaya United and national champions URA FC who are also fighting for their signatures.

In the other transfer speculations, Kakungulu Cup loosing finalists Maji FC are said to be in final stages of signing former Masaka LC and Sc Villa athletic striker Tony Ajala and Simba SC's Geoffrey Kirewa.

Ajala is a free agent after being axed by Villa last month while Kirewa has been under the watchful eyes of club tacticians Salim Isabirye and Abby Nasur, training with the team that lost to Express FC last weekend in the Kakungulu Cup finals.

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation sponsored club, is also said to be in talks with Kinyara Sugar Works' Veteran ever green striker Fred Makhoha for a possible return from Masindi to Kampala.

After their key target Kalyesubula Hanington of Police FC defecting to Ethiopia, SC Villa has shifted its quest for goalkeepers to the camp of their archrivals Express FC where they have shown interest in snatching Swaibu Kakwaya. The former Buikwe United goalie, has this season played a second fiddle to James Magala, starting only six games for the Wankulukuku based side.

Police FC, URA, Bunamwaya and Simba SC are battling for Villa's unsettled Robert Ssentongo, KCC FC is sweet talking Villa and Cranes youngster Daniel Wagaluka, while Villa wants to fill the defensive gap left by Samadu Mutumba with Under 20 national player Jamil Kasiita. Mutumba is in the United States of America for further studies.

Meanwhile, URA SC is luring their former prodigal son, Hamis Kitagenda for a possible U-turn from KCC FC to Kyambogo, the training ground of the revenue collectors.

In a sparkling form, Kitagenda signed for the Kasasiro boys from URA, two years back but has failed to stamp his authority at Lugogo, spending most of his time on the bench.

The transfer window that opens on 23rd next month will last for eight days and in some of the regulations governing the exercise, only players who have served their clubs for more than a year are eligible while players with students licenses can only transfer after negotiations between a mother club and the interested one.


Player from to
Geoffrey Sserunkuma KCC Villa, URA, Police
Anthony Bongoole KCC Villa, Bunamwaya
Hamis Kitagenda KCC URA
Swaibu Kakwaya Express Villa
Sentongo Robert Villa Police, Simba, Bunamwaya
Makhoha Fred Kinyara Maji
Kirewa Simba Maji
Kasiita Jamil Simba Villa
Wagaluka Dan Villa KCC
Wandera Abubakar Kinyara KCC
Authar Ssemazzi KB Lions URA

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 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.