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Ranked: StarTimes UPL’s Best 10 coaches based on their winning percentage

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Golola (Middle) was sacked by Vipers SC after losing to Kajjansi United in the Uganda Cup | Courtesy Photo

In football, there are many ways to determine how successful a manager has been. This could be by the level of success, style of football, success in the form of silverware, or statistics at their respective Clubs for a given period of time.

In this article, we bring you the top 10 managers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League this season basing on their winning percentage.

10. Kefa Kisala (Wakiso Giants) – 36%

Kefa Kisala who signed a 2-year contract in August 2019 was sacked after 3 months | Courtesy Photo

After Ibrahim Kirya’s contract expired and wasn’t renewed when the club secured a place in StarTimes Uganda Premier League, Kefa Kisala was confirmed as Wakiso Giants head coach on a 2-year contract, a post he held till November 2019 when he was sacked.

Kefa managed 11 games , won just 4 of them, and lost 6.

9. Sam Simbwa (URA) – 40%

Sam Simbwa posing with a monthly accolade that seeks to recognize the best performers in the StarTimes UPL | Courtesy photo

Sam Simbwa’s side had a sloppy start to the season and in the process, lost ground on the title race. The Tax Collectors won just 4 of their opening 15 games but have since won 6 in their last 10.

That takes the total to 10 wins in 25 games this season with a winning percentage of 40.

8. Peter Onen (BUL FC) – 44%

After having a stellar first round, Peter Onen was releaved of his duties after losing the opening three of the second round | Courtesy Photo

Onen had a wonderful first round of fixtures, losing just 2 out of 15 but in the second round. Things changed, with his side losing the first 3 games of the round which prompted the management at BUL FC to replace him with Arthur Kyemisira.

At the time of the sack, Onen had 44% winning ratio, having garnered 8 wins in the 18 games.

7. George Best Nsimbe (Kyetume FC) – 46%

Nsimbe poses for photo moment after he was unveiled as Kyetume head coach | Courtesy Photo

Following a string of unconvincing results at Kyetume, the former KCCA FC and Tusker head coach was relieved of his duties in November.

At Kyetume, Nsimbe had won 6 of the opening 13 games in charge of the promoted Mukono side.

6. Brian Ssenyondo (Mbarara City FC) – 50%

Brian Ssenyondo has coached Mbarara City FC 2 times this season| Courtesy Photo

Brian Ssenyondo has been in charge of Mbarara City FC 2 times this season. In his first stint, he managed 5 games, winning just 1 (their opening 3-0 victory against Proline FC) before he was replaced by Paul Nkata. Ssenyondo returned after Nkata was sacked in November following a 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Musa Esenu at Bugembe.

In his 2 stints this season, Ssenyondo has been in charge of 18 games and has managed a magical 9.

5 Abbey Bogere Kikomeko (Busoga United) – 52%

Abbey Kikomeko during Busoga United’s match against Express FC at the Mighty Arena Stadium | SanyukaTV Courtesy

Kikomeko’s Busoga United has won 13 of their 25 league games this season which is 52% for the Jinja based side.

4 Edward Kaziba ( SC Villa) – 52%

Edward Kaziba has rejuvenated SC Villa side from being relegation bound to title contenders | SC VILLA Media

Coach Edward Kaziba has clearly rejuvenated the SC Villa side that was deemed to be relegation bound before the start of the season. They now sit 3rd on the log behind KCCA FC and Vipers.

Like Busoga United, SC Villa has won 13 of their 25 league games scoring 33 goals in the process

2. Wasswa Bbosa – 60%

Wasswa Bbosa replaced Ssimwogerere in February and has won 3 of his 5 games incharge | Courtesy Photo

Bbosa has Managed only 5 games at Express after George Ssimwogerere was sacked in February.

He has managed 3 wins (Onduparaka, Tooro United and Maroons), lost 1 and drawn one

2. Mike Mutebi (KCCA FC) – 60%

KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi addressing a press conference today at the StarTimes Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s clash with SC Villa | Image extracted from press video on 28 Nov. 2019

After losing senior players at the end of last season, Mutebi had an uphill task to reassemble a team that would defend the title they won last season. The Lugogo-based club may not be in a good position as they were last season but have managed to win 15 games this season and lost 5 of the 25 played so far.

1. Edward Golola (Vipers SC) – 72%

Edward Golola (Middle) is the most successful Vipers SC coach having won 2 of their 3 league titles| Courtesy Photo

Edward Golola was fired after losing aginst Kajansi United in the Uganda Cup game and had only 2 losses in the league. Golola ranks as the best coach in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League this season after his exploits got Vipers at the top for the most important part of the season.

He had lost only twice in the league (KCCA and SC Villa), won 13 and drew only 3.

This is by far the best winning rate (72%) in the Uganda Premier league this season


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