For most-if not all-newly promoted Ugandan football clubs, cracking the code in the topflight league is a tough grind. The sheer scale of the difficulty has overtime registered most glaringly in the newly promoted clubs that eventually face the axe. Kitara FC is no exception.
Needless to say that they have already in history fallen short to this ask tracking back to 2010-the last time they played in the UPL. They will, however, remain hopeful for a different trajectory this time round.
They will (as a priority) seek to follow in the footsteps of Onduparaka FC, Kyetume FC and the likes that have managed to weather the much expected storm and break the proverbial glass ceiling in the Uganda Priemer League.
The likes of Onduparaka and company managed to guarantee a desirable and benign outcome in their first seasons by hitting the ground running and creating a horror mentality at their home grounds. This will be a very good benchmark for the recent graduates in Kitara FC.
The topflight league is traditionally unforgiving, punishing-as it often does-any whiff of a mistake. The Hoima based side will do well to remember this and in so doing are expected to showcase the stoicism of veterans.
Furthermore, sophistication disappointments and broad shoulders are an expectation that ought not to be underlooked. All these come during the initiation period and what’s important is shrugging them off.
Journey to the SUPL
The day Wednesday 21st October 2020 will forever remain inscribed in the history books of both Kitara FC and the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara. It was on this day that they elevated their status as the only club to represent the region in the country’s top tier football league.
Kitara FC stormed into the SUPL after defeating Kiboga Young in the FUFA Big League playoffs played behind closed doors at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
They required a 55th-minute strike from team talisman and skipper Brian Muluuli Mayanja to wrap their qualification at the expense of their adversaries in a well-contested duel.
It is, however, important to note that the opening stanza of the finale was played under cloudy conditions that seemed disruptive.
The disruption is valid depending on how one assesses the game since this really didn’t count for the underdogs on the night. With respect, the experience and majesty of Richard Makumbi counted for less as he saw his Kiboga Young side agonizingly ousted and his opponents jubilantly in a celebratory mood.
Doing so meant Kitara FC joined MYDA FC and UPDF FC that had earlier gained automatic promotion. The triumph not only brought honour to the team but also a joy to the fans, prestige for the kingdom and exposure of the entire region.
In light of this ecstasy, the preparations for the forthcoming season start instantly and head coach Mark Twinamatisko is confident of his side’s abilities and resilience.
As par their last game, the clubs still maintains a host of players including Jamil Kiyemba, Yasin Mubiru, Patrick Mugume, Musa Docca, Maxwell Owachgiu, Patrick Ekoya, Jamil Kisitu, Benon Baluku, Pius Mbidde, George Senkaba and Brian Mululi Mayanja.
Preparations for the 2020/2021 season
One can’t look further than the flamboyant gesture of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom proposing to launch a fundraising drive for the club.
This will be to honour this amazing football club for the incredible milestone reached. The launch will be spearheaded by the Kingdom Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga.
The motive is to ensure the club gets the required financial, logistical and moral support from within Banyoro and those in the diaspora before the commencement of the new season.
The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) Joshua Atugonza highlighted that the club was financially constrained and therefore required in excess of UGx.600M especially with the pandemic in place and figuring the tough and hard to navigate SOPs.
Furthermore, celebrated athlete Joshua Cheptegei also shipped in with a Ugx. 500,000 grant for the club. Famously known for his affection and commitment towards the development of sport in the country, this magnificent gesture comes by no means a surprise.
To give back, the club has also gone ahead to establish a design-the-kit competition in a way to accommodate public views and associate more with their fanbase. The competition is, however, open to anyone, Kitara FC fan or not and the grand price is ugx. 100,000.
To claim that Kitara FC are incapable of ticking the earlier mentioned boxes is an unhelpful generalization. However, to also conclude that the Hoima based side is an envy of the country would be an almighty stretch. (Maybe just a little bit for we have seen them come and go).