Startimes UPL and its best players – Not all players give the same output. 11 players make up a football team, but only a few if not one can form the team’s most important partnership and moments.
The Touchline Sports’ Kamar Shero reveals the list of players that have made the difference for each team in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. He goes all the way from the least ranked to the top with no particular order.
These are the players that have been indispensable for their teams this season so far.
Bright Stars FC – Joseph Janjali, Foward.
On loan from Vipers SC, Joseph Jajali has been positive in what has been an extremely poor season for Bright Stars FC so far.
The pinpoint forward has found the back of the net on 5 occasions and made 3 assists to his teammates.
Bright Stars have scored 24 goals in their 25 games and Joseph Janjali has been involved in 8 of them.
BUL FC – Musa Esenu, Forward.
Despite being a substitute player for much of the first round of the season, the former KCCA FC striker has managed to revive his career at the Jinja based side.
The wind-borne forward had found the back of the net on 6 occasions (a hat trick against Mbarara City, 2 against Kyetume and one against his former side, KCCA FC) and has contributed 2 assists to his teammates.
Busoga United – David Bagoole, Central Midfielder.
David Bagoole has been one of the most important players for Busoga United and the league at large.
After his move to URA FC fell through, Bagoole recomposed himself to score twice and assist his teammates 4 times this season in the league.
He has also been an integral part of the team and managed to cover up the gap left by their biggest contributor in the first round, Boban Zirintusa who departed the club.
Express FC- Frank Kalanda, Foward.
Frank Kalanda has been a very important player for Express FC this season scoring 11 times and assisting twice.
Despite the fact that he may not embody the best of attributes for a player in his position, Kalanda has made the most of all opportunities granted at the Wankulukuku side.
The reason he stands out from the Red Eagles front 3 of Galiwango and Ssenyondo has been his adaptability. He has been able to start all of Express FC’s games despite a change in the coaching staff.
He scored in Express FC’s victory against Maroons FC at the Prison ground in Luzira when it was ‘evident something was boiling between him and his new coach, Wasswa Bbossa’.
KCCA FC – Gift Ali Abubakar, Defensive Midfielder.
One of the most important players not only for their teams but in the Uganda Premier league too this season has been ‘Gigi’. He has been an integral part of the Kasasiro Boys’ system and has managed to help the team through thick and thin.
Maybe KCCA FC has been struggling to find form this season. But, the former Proline midfielder has been consistent and provided the starting point for Mike Mutebi’s side that had a number of changes since that start of the season due to injuries.
From covering the most distance, throwing in tackles, and being a leader on the pitch, he has exhibited all the attributes you need in a modern-day defensive midfielder.
He has also been deployed in more advanced positions this season especially when Mike Mutebi’s team needed to find balance and transition going forward – he has that passing range just enough for your team and so KCCA FC.
He was one of the notable absentees from the provisional Cranes squad that had been summoned by Irishman Johnny McKinstry ahead of the ‘abandoned’ CHAN 2020 and AFCON qualifiers’ preparations respectively.
Kyetume FC – Roberto Ssentongo, Forward.
The veteran and former URA FC and KCCA FC forward has notched in 8 goals and 4 assists for Kyetume FC and has been instrumental in the fight against relegation by his team.
Ssentongo has been inspirational since finding his footing again at the Mukono based side and believes he can become league top scorer again this season.
Mbarara City FC – Brian Aheebwa, Forward.
Mbarara City has endured some sort of an unconvincing season but one of their positives has been the performance of Brian Aheebwa.
The magical forward has found the back of net on 8 occasions in the league and has surpassed Paul Muccurezi as Mbarara City FC’s leading scorer.
No wonder Mike Mutebi is willing to stake something from his transfer kitty for the forward.
He has added class and style to his pace with his goal against Wakiso Giants – a turnaround for a half-volley strike past Fahd Kawooya.
Maroons FC – Steven Mukwala, Foward.
After failing to impress at Vipers SC, Steven Dese Mukwala has been in exceptional form from the start of the season, and little did anyone know that he would be leading the top scorer’s chart by now.
Mukwala alone has also scored 50 percent of his team’s goals in 22 games. The former Kirinya Jinja SS (Now Busoga United) forward who attributes his improvement to the departed coach, Douglas Bamweyana has already gotten his former side Vipers into plans of getting him back.
Onduparaka FC – Julius Malingumu, Forward.
After disappointing stints at Vipers SC and Saints FC, the pacy forward signed for Onduparaka FC in 2019 and is Caterpillar’s leading top with 9 goals.
He also scored a hat trick against Kyetume FC during the 7-1 drubbing of the Mukono side.
Police FC- Ben Ocen, Forward.
Ben Ocen has missed most part of the season’s second round but has already netted 12 times, just 1 behind the league top scorer Steven Mukwala(13) and level with Vipers’ Fahad Bayo.
During the absence of the former Beach Soccer player, Police FC struggled to win games. Despite being able to score from most games such as against SC Villa, they have not looked a threat as they did with the winger in the starting line-up.
Proline FC – Mustafá Mujjuzi, Defender.
Mustafa Mujuzi has been an instrumental player in Proline’s struggles this season. He is one of the few defenders who have added scoring to their game and has already scored 5-goals for the bottom-placed side – a number that is bigger than most strikers in the league.
Mujuzi is excellent from the Deadball situations and just a few players can match his artistry.
He beats Bright Anukani by his exploits for both his team in the league and on the continent. Anukani was only a star on the continent but has since elimination failed to turn-up for his team in the league.
Tooro United – Yaffesi Mubiru, Forward.
The former Express FC forward has scored 6 times for relegation-threatened Tooro United.
URA FC – Saidi Kyeyune, Central Midfielder.
Saidi Kyeyune is currently the best midfielder and by far the most in-form player in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Since returning from a loan spell at Proline FC, Kyeyune has fully re-established himself at the taxpayers and this season comes as one of his best. He has added scoring to assisting and toughness to his game.
The 26-year-old has already scored seven goals and as many assists which prompted for a summon on the national team.
SC Villa – David Owori, Midfielder
Amir Kakomo, Ndahiro Derick, and Asuman Arishe have all had a good season in their respective positions, however, David Owori has been the best of the bunch.
The dynamic midfielder has played almost all games for the Jogoos this season, scoring 3 and assisting 4 times.
He has been pivotal in SC Villa’s recovery from where they were last season (fighting relegation) to title contenders and they have literally struggled without him.
Vipers SC – Fahad Bayo, Forward.Fahad Bayo is arguably the best signing this season. The monstrous pacy forward, who joined Vipers from Zambia’s Buildcon FC in August 2019 has found the back of net 12 times, helping the venoms to claim the top spot in 2019/20 SUPL season.
It has been a bit hard for a player to join a team and hit the road running, something the former Proline FC striker has been able to do. He might have struggled coming into the second round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League but he has won Vipers the most important games of the season.
Wakiso Giants – Vianney Sekajugo, Forward.
Vianney Ssekajugo hasn’t had his season in the league but has at least scored 11 goals in all competitions for the purple sharks and remains as the Purple Sharks’s best player.
Like Bayo, Ssekajugo has also been in inspirational form for the Wakiso based Giants and has already made an impact at the new Club.