Football is one of the biggest sports in this world. The Beautiful Game is played, watched, loved, and celebrated in every continent habituated by mankind. Football creates stories and drama like no other. The joy of winning, the agony of losing are all shared by fans all over the world.
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League, in particular, used to draw a huge crowd to fill up the stands every weekend before the match-fixing scandal in 2003. But still, clubs are followed religiously by thousands of supporters, who get season tickets, club merchandise and become a part of them.
Let’s talk about the top 5 most influential football clubs in Uganda. Some of these are also the greatest football clubs of all time. This list takes into consideration the club’s ability to lure in top players, social media following, and of course, the number of trophies won.
One of the most decorated clubs in Ugandan football history, KCCA FC is arguably the most successful Uganda club of the 21st century. With 13 League titles in Uganda’s top flight, 10 Uganda Cups, and 2 CECAFA Clubs Cups, they have truly cemented their status amongst Uganda’s elite clubs. The increasing fan base both on home games and the social following is truly intimidating, regardless if you are a supporter or not. The fans singing “Kasasiro boys, Kasasiro boys” at Startimes Stadium creating an electrifying and emotional atmosphere portrays the fans’ love for the club.
Many of Uganda’s-renowned players have donned the Vipers SC iconic Red jersey. The Venoms, having given birth to the emergence of players like Miya, Luwagga, Wadada, Halid, Juuko, Odur, Mike Mutyaba, and Saddam Juma proves how the club remains one of the most complete in the last decade. Vipers’ rise in Uganda football has been demonstrated by the club’s ability to lure and groom talents.
Vipers is one of the richest football clubs in terms of investment with well-established infrastructure and a fast-growing fan base.
Founded in 1957, Express FC is the oldest in Uganda football and among the most successful football clubs in Uganda. The club has won a record 17 titles which include 6 league titles, 10 Uganda Cups, and 1 Hedex Cup. The Red Eagles were among the first Ugandan clubs to use football boots and since its revival in 1979, and have never been relegated from the top tier league. Even though they narrowly survived relegation in the 2017/18 season, Express has the most loyal fans across the country next to SC Villa.
The Jogoos as widely known, the Club has won more trophies than any other club in Uganda football. Villa has won a record 16 league titles, 9 Uganda Cups, and 3 CECAFA Clubs Cups (the most by a Ugandan Club). In 1986 season, the club became the only team in the history of Uganda football to win the domestic double. That record was extended to six “Doubles” in 2002. From 1998 through 2004, they won seven consecutive league titles. Majid Musisi whose name is synonymous with the club is arguably the greatest player to have ever donned the club’s jersey. Villa’s fall from grace, the post-Akol saga has not diminished their ability to lure top players like Kirya, Mutanda, and the then most promising youngster, Derrick Ndahiro.
Seeing Onduparaka in the Top 5 list of the most popular football clubs may surprise a few of you.
The Caterpillars haven’t won any silverware in Uganda Football for the four seasons they have been playing in the top-flight since they were promoted in 2016.
Interest in Onduparaka has soared since joining the top-flight. Many have followed the Arua based club and many pundits all in a unison can confirm it’s the club that brought back the groove in the Uganda Premier League since the match-fixing scandals in 2003.