Uganda's Super League: Red Eagles Emerge As Champs
Uganda's Super League: Ramathan Kasozi's take on it.
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First published: May 3, 2006
Express FC seems to have grasped an aphorism that always ends well, as the 1st round statistics depict them as the champions thanks to the Simba SC-URA one all draw result at the end of April, leaving the Wankulukuku side with a 2 point advantage over URA.
The master minder of the renaissance at Express FC, George Ssemogerere, only needs to hold his nerves through the next final round if he is to reclaim the title he lost in 1996 as the club's captain then.
The League that teased off early February with a cracking encounter between 1997 champions KCC FC and reigning kings Police FC. In this game Hamis Kitagenda's spot kick in the dying minutes of the game wasn't enough to cancel earlier strikes from Dan Walusimbi and Mike Sserumaga. The league can be branded as a success, though it has exposed some loopholes.
Ramathan Kasozi reviews some of the ups and downs in the course, taking an analysis on some of the stakeholders.
FUFA\ Competitions Committee
The two have just assumed the office from the FUFA Normalisation Committee but credit should be given to them for their efforts to put the pieces of the game together, turning the League to one that is somehow more competitive than what we have for the past couple of years.
Unlike in the past, now teams are only assured of maximum points after the ninety minutes. The League is now more competitive to the extent that even teams of Maji and Kampala United's caliber have given the giants a run for their money. That is probably why Ugandan record champions SCVilla are languishing in an unfamiliar 6th position, their worst league position in almost a decade.
However, FUFA's failure to lure sponsors and the call for a replay of the 85th minute aborted KCC-Villa derby cannot go unnoticed by those seeking improvements.
Considering the attendances in the past two seasons, the fans deserve some credit, though the status quo of having fair crowds in only games involving the big three –Villa, Express and KCC prevails.
If there is any department that has been wanting, it is that of the 'judges'. Haruna Kebba and Dunga's officiation in the KCC-Villa and KCC-Maji games respectively,only reminds the fans the famous 'allow group' days.
The in-experienced and unqualified quartet of tacticians has done a disservice to the game. Save for Mbale Heroes' Video Anyau, Leo Adra of Kinyara, Police's Sam Timbe and Simba's Moses Basena, the rest of the pack's technical abilities have been evidently questionable. Does Ibrahim Kirya and Paul Nkata posses the credentials to lead a team of Villa's magnitude? What a bout URA's Sserwadda or Masaka's Badru Ssenkayi!
My Best Eleven
Despite some spectacular performances from Simba's Hamza Muwonge and URA's experienced Ibrahim Mugisha, Police's Hannington Kalyesubula takes my custodian ship responsibility.
Right full back
Left full back
My pick goes to another revenue collector Phillip Obwiny. The evergreen set piece specialist, has been in superb form throughout the round, getting on score sheets on several occasions. His runs are reminiscent of the ribbon headed Obwiny of nineties.
My apology goes to Sam Mubiru of URA for missing in this department as Express' Apollo Kakaire and Hassan Wasswa of KCC FC takes the node over him. Kakaire, has been the lime light of the Eagles' non porous defense while the later has been the pillar of the Kasasiro's rear guard.
SC Villa's pair of youngsters Jeremy Sebuyira and Dan Wagaluka together with Simba's Patrick Ochan and Kinyara's Skipper Zamayoni Kwiki, completes my 4 man midfield. Express' new kid on the block Hamza Ssemogerere has been superb but he misses in the team just because his playing time has been minimal. Him and Kimuli Robert of Police FC are my Super subs on the bench.
Leading top scorer Godfrey Wakaza with 11 goals from Simba and Victor's Richard Mugalu, sends Kinyara's Veteran hit man Fred Makhoha to the bench.
Line up- Kalyesubula, Malinga, Obwiny, Wasswa Hassan, Kakaire, Sebuyira, Wagaluka, Ochan, Wakaza, Mugalu, Kwiki.
Coach- Moses Basena [Simba]
Ass coach- Frank Video Anyau.
Best game- SC villa- Express Fc
Worst game- Simba SC-Express FC
Best dressed team- URA FC
Smartest Coach- Moses Basena[Simba]
Worst dressed coach- Ibrahim Kirya[ villa] and Sam Timbe[ Police]
Most attended games - Villa – Express and KCC FC -Police
Best player- Godfrey Wakaza[Simba]
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First published: May 3, 2006
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.