With the second round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) having kicked off today, Tuesday, January 7, 2019, it is evident many players and clubs went back to the drawing board and did some homework.
The premier league sides have set targets, some of which involve winning the title, avoiding relegation, and maintaining table positions. Other sides will simply be playing to advertise themselves for the next job.
Today, after kick-off, I look at 5 players I believe most fans, coaches and scouts will follow up with a keen eye for the remaining 15 games of the season.
Paul Mucureezi, Vipers SC
Mucureezi joined the Venoms after the expiration of his contract with Mbarara City and was an instrumental figure for the Ankole Lions for the 18 months he spent with them. He led the Ankole Lions to their best finish in the league last season.
Mucureezi comes with a lot of experience. Having previously played for KCCA FC, he knows how to win the title and fans will expect much from this shirt number 14 midfielder.
Vitalis Abdumalik Tabu, BUL FC
Tabu has previously played for Paidha Black Angels, URA, SC Villa, and Onduparaka FC. The gifted left-footed midfielder is rumoured to be part of the Jinja based team for the second half of the season. Tabu brings competition to James Otim, Hamisi Tibita, and Robert Mukongotya with the former and latter being part of the successful first round of the money team.
Despite having a poor disciplinary record off the pitch, Tabu’s talent can’t go unnoticed. Jinja fans will be blessed to have him in the region.
Kizza Mustafa and Allan Okello, KCCA FC
The duo is rumoured to be on the verge of exiting the KCCA FC at the expiry of their contracts in July. Reports from credible sources indicate they have been threatened with time on the bench should they decline the offer put on the table for contract renewal.
Many clubs from Tanzania and North Africa are closely monitoring the situation of these young lads and at the same time, KCCA FC fans are waiting to watch on how they will handle this situation.
Willis Otong, SC Villa
Otong featured for BUL FC in the previous season but did not renew his contract citing low a sign-on fee as the major issue. Since then, the hard-tackling central defender has been unemployed. Throughout the mid-season break, Otong has been training with SC Villa and is expected to join the youthful and experienced centre back of Garvin Kizito Mugweri and Alishe Asuman.
During his stint at BUL FC, many thought it was his time to be called for national duty on the Uganda Cranes team. I believe this is the time to emulate what he did at Njeru and Kakindu.
Joel Madondo, Busoga United FC
In 2018/2019, Madondo had a season to remember after scoring 12 goals. This season has so far not been as good. Having been part of the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup winning team and scoring at the finals, many think it’s time for him to build on that to cement his place at the travelling contingent for the 2020 CHAN in Cameroon.
Other players to watch keenly include Mohammed Shaban, Fahad Bayo, Aziz Kayondo and Steven Mukwaya.