As the 2019/20 StarTimes UPL came to an unceremonious and premature conclusion, three Clubs were relegated but no one knows if they still had a chance to fight relegation.
Maroons FC, Proline FC, and Tooro United might have been relegated but I am sure you too feel like maybe they deserved a chance to fight.
They had the players that could do more than just enough to get their teams out of the zone if only they were given more time.
These players might have gone down with their teams, taken them down perhaps because their teams were terrible. However, some individuals possess the qualities to even thrive at the league’s top teams.
The Touchline Sports’ Ronald Yiga picks out the top 10 players who would be worthy pick-ups for a return to the Startimes Uganda Premier League next season.
10. Hannington Ssebwalunyo
The former BUL FC captain locked in with the Prison Wardens in August 2019 on a 3-year contract.
He has managed 19 appearances with 4 clean sheets. This may not have been his best season, but the 31-year old remains a top team player with his experience in between the goalposts.
His ball distribution abilities that always help in quick transitions from defense into the attack are a key attribute that needs to be in the first tier, considering the counter-attacking style used by most teams.
The long-thin shot-stopper would be a sensible long-term investment for several StarTimes UPL clubs like SC Villa, Express, or Onduparaka FC.
All these teams have struggled through the season partly because of goalkeeping concerns which the former Makerere University shot-stopper can easily solve.
9. Charles Musiige
Charles Musiige plays as a winger at Tooro United with attributes of a quick and direct winger needed by most teams in the top tier.
Musiige joined Tooro United from Nyamityobora and has been a mainstay in the team’s squad making 22 appearances in the league.
He had a tremendous season putting up man of the match performances scoring 3 goals and a handful of assists.
The 24-year is reportedly another Tooro United player that is a transfer target for Express FC’s Wasswa Bbosa.
With rumors circulating that the Disan Galiwango could be on the move anytime soon, Musiige can be a good fit in the Express FC squad, having worked with Bbosa before.
8. Steven Luswata
Steven Luswata plays as a defensive midfielder for Tooro United. The 26-year old midfielder, who is strong in the tackle and tidy with the ball, was one of Tooro United’s best players this season and could move on following their relegation.
Having struggled in the central midfield last season, Express FC could be the best destination for Luswata who embodies qualities that can compliment or fit in where Daniel Shabena, Denis Sserukwaya or Lawrence Kigonya failed to make the most of. Good enough the club is reportedly interested in his services.
7. Eddy Kapampa
A quick and powerful runner, Kapampa – who has recently been representing Tooro United as a right-back on loan, is just unfortunate to have all teams he is attached to (Maroons and Tooro United) relegated.
With Maroons FC needing to cut their cloth accordingly as they prepare for life in FUFA Big League, they may be forced to listen to offers for the 24-year old.
Kapampa who is also very comfortable in possession can make the cut at any top-flight club when it comes to the right-back position.
He would fit in well at KCCA FC (who have not had a consistent right back), SC Villa, or even Onduparaka FC.
6. Arnold Sserunjoji
Sserunjoji still has a running contract with Proline FC but is unlikely to have much of a future at the relegated club.
With his exploits in the 2019/20 season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him pitch up at another top-flight club next term.
Sserunjonji has been one of the most exciting and improved midfielders in the just-concluded season and his abilities can suit many top tier teams.
Life at Bright Stars, Police FC, orKyetume wouldn’t hurt.
5. Yafesi Mubiru
Things didn’t work out quite well for the striker at club level – after finishing the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season at the bottom. The 23-year old Mubiru still managed 6 goals in 21 appearances.
His eye for goal and mobility in the final-third makes him one of the most promising strikers in the country.
If top-flight teams like Wakiso Giants, Kyetume FC or Brightstar’s FC can secure his signature they can surely raise their scoring tally next season.
4. Godfrey Lwesibawa
Godfrey Lwesibwa plays as a winger for Tooro United. Pace and speed are some of the marketing tools for the former Villa forward.
Though he has not had a good season managing only 13 appearances and scoring just 1 goal, the 24-year old remains a big prospect in Uganda football.
Recent reports indicate that the winger has already agreed to terms to reunite with former coach Wasswa Bbosa at Express FC and yes, maybe he has something to offer if he can reunite with his old friend.
3. Pius Obuya
The Maroons FC man Pius Obuya joined the Prison Wardens in the 2015/16 season. But he is most likely to seek new pastures as the window reopens because of his desire to develop.
His abilities and skills earned him admiration from KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi and former cranes coach Sebastian Desabre.
He is seen as one of the few players who have not yet given what was expected of them when they hit the big stage. Maybe a change in the environment could bring out the best from him.
The exciting attacking midfielder turns 22 in July and has enjoyed a decent spell at Maroons, will be keen to move to one of the SUPL top clubs. KCCA FC is the possible destination for the young lad.
2. Mustafa Mujuzi
Mustafa Mujuzi plays as a defender for relegated side Proline FC. He came through the youth system of Synergy FC before joining Proline.
Having earned several admirers this season as well as being physical and reasonably quick, the center-back is composed with the ball at his feet and willing to join his team’s attacks whenever the opportunities present themselves.
One of the few players with a specialty in dead ball situations, a club like KCCA FC, Vipers or SC Villa would be in much need of his services this coming season.
1. Bright Anukani
The 20-year old Proline FC attacking midfielder scored 3 goals and provided 8 assists. He is equipped with a delightful piece of skill in setting up his strikers coupled with vision.
He has shown how excellent he can be at both local and international levels for Club and country in the League, CAF Confederation cup and CHAN 2020 qualifiers respectively.
KCCA FC, Vipers SC, and South Africa’s Chippa United are three of the clubs reportedly interested in the exciting midfielder.