The 2013/2014 FUFA Super League kicked off August 20th, and MTNFootball.com brings you a guide ahead of explosive action between the 16 teams.
BIDCO FC: They will be another team to watch as they hope to improve on their 7th place finish last season. But their coach Kefa Kisala, also the national team second assistant coach, says his striking line remains his biggest head-ache as they start the season. Although they have a disciplined back-line, the Kakindu-based team, which boosts of a big sponsor Bidco Limited, must strive to get regular scorers.
Prediction: They are capable of finishing in the top nine, just outside the top five.
BRIGHT STARS FC: The newly promoted side will not find the going that easy in top flight football. But the signing of former national team midfielder and professional Livingstone as the new coach could bring surprises. The team has also acquired the services of ex-Cranes left back Abubakar Tabula, who will team up with Jamil Kyambadde, another former national team star. However, they will have lots to learn in top flight football as majority of their squad in not very exposed.
Prediction: They will most likely finish above 10th place.
CRO FC: The going will certainly not be that easy for another newly promoted side.
But signing former KCCA FC coach Matia Lule could just help them on the way round to avoid slipping back to the lower Division.
Prediction: They will finish outside the top ten.
ENTEBBE FC: With the departure of seasoned coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, the Entebbe town-based team, who were ‘giant killers’ last season, might not find the going easy this time. They will definitely struggle to attain the sixth place finish they managed last season. The team has brought on board former Uganda Cranes midfielder James Odoch as the new coach.
Prediction: They will most likely finish slightly below 10th place.
EXPRESS FC: The former league champions, who only managed an 11thplace finish last season, should perform better this season. After signing former Entebbe FC coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, the experienced tactician should be able to turn the team around. Led by skipper Willy Kavuma, the youthful team should perform better this season.
Prediction: They will likely finish in the top five places.
KCCA FC: They have what it takes to retain the league trophy. Under head coach George Nsimbe they have started the season in style by winning the Uganda Super Cup and have vowed to perform well as they prepare for the CAF Orange Champions League next year. With the likes of Brian Majwega, new signing Steven Bengo, Richard Malinga and last season’s top scorer Herman Wasswa, the KCCA FC side is the team that has what it takes to retain the trophy.
Prediction: They have the capacity to finish top.
KIRA YOUNG: Under the watchful eyes of former Cranes skipper George Ssemogerere, the Kira-based team, who finished eighth in their first season in top flight football, have what it takes to perform even better. But Ssemogerere says he is targeting the top four positions.
Prediction: They will be good for eighth position.
MASAKA LC FC: The Masaka town-based team has over the years made good use of their home ground, but will have to improve on their attack as scoring is still their biggest problem. They finished ninth last season and Coach Badru Ssenkayi predicts this is the season they will prove a point to those who doubt them.
Prediction: They could find themselves beyond 10th place as the season promises to be more competitive.
PROLINE FC: Under the watchful eyes of former Cranes star Steven Bogere, the youthful side could find the season even tougher after they traded some of their seasoned players to other teams. The team has also been depleted after Patrick Edema and Razak Apollo left for trials in Portugal over a month ago. But their coach Bogere has promised they will be out to be among the top five this time. They finished in 10th place last season.
Prediction: They are good for seventh place.
POLICE FC: They were lucky to survive relegation last season as the last three matches of the season guaranteed their stay in top flight football. Handled by one of East Africa’s most decorated coaches, Sam Timbe, the team which belongs to the Police Force is expected to perform better than the 12th place finish last season.
Prediction: They could as well maintain a 12th place finish.
SC VICTORIA UNIVERSITY: This team has hunger to win and this was showed by their victory in the Kakungulu Cup, which they won in their first season in top flight football. With talented Cranes players like Dennis Iguma, Savio Kabugo and ex-professional based in Serbia, Nestory Kizito, they have what it takes to challenge for the trophy. Coach Alex Isabirye says after finishing fifth last season, he now wants the trophy.
Prediction: They are good for second or third position.
SC VILLA: The former giants, who have won more trophies in Ugandan football than any other team, have promised to show how strong they are this season. They could spring a surprise with a coach from Europe. But after the departure of star player Steven Bengo, the likes of Ronald Muganga will be over stretched to carry the team forward.
Prediction: They might finish fifth this time.
SIMBA FC: After surviving relegation last season, the army side has promised to be a hard nut to crack in the new season. Coach Fred Kajoba said they are challenging for the first six places this season.
Prediction: They are good for eighth place.
SOANA FC: The new team in top flight football will not find it easy as they have to depend on players who have not been well exposed. They are surely going to work hard to remain in top flight football. The likes of Mike Kalungi and Siraje Turyamuhebwa, who helped them to qualify for the Super League, are expected guide the team in search for goals.
Prediction: They are good for 15th place.
URA FC: After finishing second last season, the URA FC side has what it takes to win the trophy. They managed to reach the semifinals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Cup in Sudan and also performed well in pre-season matches in Tanzania. The team has also signed Cranes striker Frank Kalanda from Express FC and he should bring about a difference.
Prediction: They are good for first or second place.
VIPERS FC: Under Nigerian-born coach Duru Chukuma, Vipers FC have all it takes to challenge for the top two positions. However, they also have to learn to be clinical in-front of goal.
Prediction: They could maintain third position.
Masaza Cup set to kick off June
By Our Reporter
For the fourth consecutive year, Airtel Uganda has once again joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the Masaza Cup tournament at a press conference held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo.
In attendance at the launch were Airtel Uganda officials were led by Head of Brand and Communications Ms. Remmie Kisakye and Buganda Kingdom officials led by First Deputy Prime Minister Owek. Twaha Kawaase, Minister for Youth, Leisure and Sports in the Kingdom Owek. Henry Ssekabembe and other sponsors.
The Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004. It usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions.
Speaking during the launch, Ms. Kisakye confirmed that Airtel Uganda will support the prestigious tournament with shs400 million this year.
“We have spent three years as the title sponsors of the competition and every year we support the competition with shs400 million. This competition has been a birth place for many stars on the national team,” she noted.
Owek. Kawaase called upon everyone in the respective counties to give support to their teams so as we have a successful football competition.
“I would like to confirm that his Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will preside over the opening game between Ssingo and Ssese on 1st June at Mityana Ssaza grounds,” he added.
Nile Special inter-bar football tournament comes to an end
By Our Reporter
The Nile Special amateur football tournament in which bars across the country faced off in a 5-Aside arrangement climaxed on Saturday with Soroti’s Team Facebook emerging champions.
Team Facebook triumphed over Tavern Kick with a 2-0 victory to win the inaugural tournament.
This followed a display of entertaining football as the 16 teams which had made it through the regionals to the nationals took on each other.
Team Facebook received a cash prize of Ugx 2 million and will also represent Uganda at the Africa 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of Cameroonian football legend Samuel E’to.
Away from the football, revelers also enjoyed performances from musicians Vinka and John Blaq as they day’s fun came to an end.
Manchester United coaches to train young Ugandan footballers
By Our Reporter
Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala for a two-day training with 128 students from Excel Soccer Academy through an ongoing partnership between the soccer club and Kansai Plascon.
“Leading up to today, we received many applications for our students to take part in this training, but have had to keep it at 128. Our hope is that in the future through such partnerships with Kansai Plascon and other companies, we can expose more of our over 1000 students to trainings of this caliber,” said Patrick Gyawambadde, a Director at Excel Soccer Academy.
The soccer academy which was started in 2011 focuses on using soccer as an environment in which many young boys and girls are taught values that include respect, teamwork and ambition.
“Because sports development is one of our strategic focal points, through soccer academies like this, children are taught to be goal oriented and to focus in everything they do. It is also most likely that children who play sports will not partake in crime. We would like to see these children and many others grow into responsible contributors to the Ugandan society. Soccer academies like this one are Kansai Plascon’s way of investing in the future of Uganda,” said Lungi Koni, the Regional Manager Special Projects, Kansai Plascon.
Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien emphasised that having 128 students will ensure that each child they work with gets their full attention. “With a smaller group, we are able to concentrate on them, engage with them one on one, and make sure that they leave after two days with lifelong soccer skills,” said Mike Neary.
Neary and O’Brien follow a visit from Quinton Fortune a Manchester United Legend who was in Kampala last week to engage with Kansai Plascon winners who had taken part in a radio and digital soccer based competition to win signed jerseys from Manchester United.
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