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Shoot for Stars: 5 young guns of Uganda Premier League

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A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League’s radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Today, we bring you a selection of the 5 most exciting players under the age of 21 who are on track to have long and successful careers at the highest level.

1. Kato Samuel Nimeyimana – KCCA FC
Samuel Kato - A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League's radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Kato Samuel during a warmup session before a league game | KCCA Media Photo

One of the most impressive young players of this generation is commanding center-back Samuel Kato. One of a kind – a defender with fantastic leadership skills, the strong Rwanda-Ugandan born has also proven to be a threat in the opposition penalty area because of his heading abilities. His partnership with John Revita has proven to be a lethal defensive pair in the UPL.

He is brilliant at the back and has recently attracted Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry’s attention that got the 21-year old summoned to the 2020 CHAN provisional squad.

  1. Abdul Karim Watambala – Vipers SC
Watambala - A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League's radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Karim Watambala (as he is commonly known) during the Startimes Uganda Premier League game between Proline FC and Vipers SC | Vipers SC Media Photo

Playmaker Karim Watambala’s flair gets him regarded as a player with great potential for the future. Easy to spot with his splendid movements on and off the ball, the creative midfielder is equipped with fantastic technique and a great passing range.

The former St. Mary’s Kitende graduate can play several positions across the middle and the frontline which he showed in an eye-catching first season at Vipers SC.

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Watambala’s performances saw him awarded his first Uganda Cranes cap during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in December last year and he looks set for a long career at both club and international level.

3. Lawrence Tezikya – Busoga United
tezikya - A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League's radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Lawrence Tezikya celebrating one of his goals for Busoga United this season | Sanyuka TV Photo

One of the most talented youngsters in the Country, Lawrence Tezikya has a lot. Pace, skill, vision and the ability to glide past defenders, the Jinja S.S.S graduate has been labeled by many in his homeland as the ‘next Joel Madondo’.

The forward’s brilliance at Busoga United has not shocked those who have seen him before while playing for Jinja S.S.S during the Copa Coca-Cola tournament.

At just 19 years of age, Tezikya broke into Busoga United’s first-team and scored his first goal for the Jinja based side in 2019/20, which seems to have the world firmly at his feet.

4. Hassan Ssenyonjo – Wakiso Giants
Hassan Ssenyonjo - A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League's radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Hassan Ssenyonjo leading his team into a league game against Proline FC | Wakiso Giants photo

If you ask many Ugandan football fans who their next big thing will be, be sure the most are likely to say Hassan Ssenyonjo.

A technically gifted attacking midfielder who is creatively comfortable with his magical feet, he’s been compared to World Cup winner Mesut Ozil.

At just 19, the creative midfielder has at some point been trusted with the responsibility to Captain Wakiso Giants FC. Budding star isn’t he?

5. Joachim Ojera – URA FC
Ojera - A host of talented youngsters got themselves onto the 2019/20 StarTimes Uganda Premier League's radar following their stunning performances during the season.

Ojera dribbling past a Tanzania defender during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup | Courtesy Photo

Exciting Winger Joachim Ojera has been turning heads in UPL with his all-action displays. A pint-sized player that possesses the strength, power, pace, and intelligence on the pitch does not leave you in any doubt if asked if he makes the grade on the best’s list.

He is a nightmare to many defenders in the UPL and we should expect more to come.


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