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StarTimes UPL 2020/2021: Malicious Police have sights set on the title for the forthcoming season

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As we approach the resumption of this spellbinding saga that will see us at some point in time crown the new StarTimes Uganda Premier League Kings, Abdallah Mubiru will assign his parole officers to scorch plenty of his adversaries’ turf.

This will be in a quest for the holy grail (personalizing the Iron Throne), not to be obtuse or repulsive but exhibit sheer precision and finesse. Something that is quite synonymous with this Police commander.

Fall short of expectations, and their quest for supremacy will fizzle out like a Dothraki cavalry charge.

Mubiru has since bent the knee to various superpowers currently dominating the league after he conquered the opposition in the country when he ruled over both the then Philip Omondi stadium in Lugogo and the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

He will however hope that going forward, his so much desired parole officers don’t sleep on the job and offer proper stewardships to the would-be fugitives since theirs is a perpetual code.

They are often charged with the responsibility of guarding the realms of men, something which at times requires offering resuscitation to opponents with bits of psychological disorders.

This is something the gaffer has first-hand information dealing with given his vast experience and exposures over the years.

In the forthcoming season, Police FC hopes to U-super all powers to dominate the SUPL in the most malicious ways.

In the case of the 2020/2021 SUPL season, the police troops will more than ever follow the much-needed directives to the latter. Action will be taken and amongst which will be police brutality since at times, the end justifies the means.

The Current State of Affairs

Another day, another extension in the dates of the league resumption. If you thought for one reason that the wait was over, I invite you to think again since the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League kickoff is now set for December 3rd.

Initially, the League start date had been tentatively set for October 17, 2020. This wasn’t to be as was later pushed to November due to the hardships in the navigation of the set SOPs and other restrictions on Sports Resumption.

FUFA has as of-30/10/2020 confirmed that the licensing committee will issue the 2020/21 licenses by November 3rd, 2020. Players licenses and bench permits to be issued out by November 10 while the League fixture will be out by November 10.

This comes in a bid to ensure that plans are laid in place to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. This was said during the briefing:

“All licensed players and technical staff for the 2020/21 season who will undertake sporting roles at training and matches will undergo a mandatory Covid19 test,”

“Only persons who test negative and get issued with a FUFA Covid-19 clearance certificate shall be eligible to participate in the team training and matches.”

FUFA also maintains that testing of players and technical staff will be administered every after two weeks. A match shall only be rescheduled if a club has less than 10 outward players and 1 goalkeeper that are not positive for the Covid19 test.

Structures and the Abdallah Mubiru influence

The vibe around the law enforcers has been positive for the past couple of months and probably something to write home about.

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Police FC coach Abdallah Mubiru extended his stay at the Uganda Police club for more three years | Courtesy photo

The general feeling as of the present is that this may just be the right moment and time to add to the singular league title in the club’s history. The one and only title won in the 2005 UPL season.

The top decision-makers under the leadership of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye seem interested in the team and the progress.

This fact was loudly echoed the moment they tied down Abdallah to a long term contract in light of what he can offer them going forward.

Mubiru himself-being a master at his craft, a manager that can create or recreate a player and instill a lot of creativity both in thought and offensive mindset (in approach). A manager who has a lot to offer from the technical viewpoint.

He is always capable of getting a full-throttle performance born of grit and determination from even the most amateur of players on the pitch, and that’s exactly where he’s touch lies.

He is amongst the few managers in the league that believe in finesse and flair, a staunch believer in the beautiful game being played in the most beautiful of ways. Something he has continuously shown overtime.

The new-look Police FC

Theirs has been a window to envy by the majority of their rivals. This is arguably the reason why most consider them title challengers in the forthcoming season.

They have acquired the services of Duncan Sseninde, the incredible Frank Tumwesigye Zaga, Derrick Ochan, Arnold Ssembuya, Muwadda Mawejje, Oloka Solomon, Tom Ikara, Eric Ssenjobe, and Hassan Muhammed.

Most notably though has to be Tonny Mawejje. A veteran in the football sense and a warrior with vast experience. He is the ultimate signing if you ask me.

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Tony Mawejje joined Police FC after returning from the diaspora and will be turning out for Abdallah Mubiru’s side next season | Courtesy photo

The club definitely knows this, that’s precisely why he was instantly named skipper. For all that is worth, I hope he delivers for them.

It must also be said however that there have been departures from the club. Arafat Galiwango, Davis Mutebi, Hillary Jomi, and Hood Kaweesa have all left the club.

Can they challenge for the title?

Could this be the year the Kibuli based team gets to relive that unforgettable Denis Obua years? The jury remains open to interpretation.

To attain this, the club will have to shrug off the mediocrity exhibited in the first half of the previous season keeping them amongst the bottom three for the majority of that season.

They however came up strong, putting up a spirited fight at the junction of the league and registered numerous positive results to keep them in the league but were condemned to the thirteenth position.

Missing relegation by a whisker and maintaining their prolonged stay in the Ugandan topflight. A narrow escape it was indeed as admitted the head coach.

In the just concluded 2019/2020 season, the law enforcers finished 13th with a mere 25 points off 25 league games. They however lost an unacceptable 13 league games, something that just about climaxes their mediocre season.

They won 8 league games the entire season only managing a mere extra win than 12th place Bright Stars with seven. It is no surprise that the other two teams to win lesser games were both relegated. (Maroons and Tooro United).

Their winning percentage was a decimal 32% but if anything can be read from that, the biggest percentage of their wins (75%) came in the second half of the season.

Something had clearly changed and players were giving it their whole. This was the period where they schooled Express FC. This kind of adrenaline is to be needed in the season to come.

There are no two ways about it. Police FC needs to hit the ground running instantly if they are to stand any chance for a title challenge and Abdallar Mubiru isn’t oblivious to this fact.

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