There is a number of memorable moments to recall from Uganda Premier League history. But which ones are the strangest?
The Touchline Sports brings you 5 of the biggest moments that are hard to belive but indeed have happened. Here are the 5 strangest moments in the Uganda Premier League.
1. SC Villa’s 22-1 win over Akol FC
Akol FC came onto the pitch at Namboole stadium with only 9 players some of whom were unregistered. SC Villa shamelessly walloped Akol 22-1.
But the drama had already started in Lira. Before the match, Express, with the help of then FUFA boss Denis Obua gave money to Akol players not to turn-up at Namboole as a way not to give Villa any more goals.
SC Villa, too, through their defender Dan Obote, reportedly passed money to Akol players to turn-up for the match. The team traveled to Kampala, however, when the FUFA bus, which was carrying the players, reached Bwaise, a Kampala suburb, some players jumped out and vanished. Only 9 made it to Namboole and suffered that humiliation.
It is believed some of the players who played for Akol FC in that match were provided by SC Villa – they were recruits awaiting promotion to the senior team.
It was the current General Secretary of the National Council of Sports, Mr. Bernad Ogwel who was the coach at Akol FC.
Later the National Football League Committee nullified the game by awarding SC Villa 3 points and two goals.
2. The sudden death of Peter Akong before testifying (Akol FC goalkeeper)
Akong died at Dr. Vincent Karuhanga’s clinic where he had been taken for treatment after he started vomiting blood. A source said Akong, who was reportedly said to have taken some malaria medication, came from Lira to Kampala to give evidence to the probe committee over the controversial Villa-Akol match which ended 22-1 in favor of SC Villa.
Dr. Karuhanga who was also SC Villa’s team doctor said by the time Akong arrived at his clinic, he was half dead. But he could not rule out food poisoning. Akong’s body was later sent to Mulago referral hospital for postmortem.
That is how bad match-fixing can get.
3. Express FC’s 1-0 away defeat to SC Villa at Masaka Recreation Grounds (1994)
Express visited Villa’s home at the Masaka Recreation ground needing just a win to retain the title. Villa won 1-0 to win back the title, igniting a fierce clash.
Angry Express fans led by the ‘Red Army’ – who outnumbered the home fans – won bloody battles off the pitch. In particular, Express fans were settling old ‘unfinished scores’ such as the beating they suffered during the Kakungulu Cup final in 1988 against SC Villa.
Soldiers on the orders of late Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigyema, also a Villa fan, beat up rowdy Express fans. The fighting spread to Masaka town where street battles between the rivals forced businesses to close.
SC Villa officials were forced to take overnight refuge in hotels around Masaka town as Express fans bayed for their blood. Since they couldn’t match the determination and firepower of Express fans, Villa fans tactfully shifted the ‘war’ to Kampala. They blocked and stoned the van carrying Express players at the Nateete trading center.
4. Three match officials banned for poor officiating
Ronald Kirangwa and his assistants Sam Kakembo and Lydia Nantabo Wanyama were banned by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) from officiating football few hours after the trio were involved in one-all draw game between Express FC and Vipers SC on 7th November 2018 at Wankulukuku Stadium
The trio reportedly exhibited poor refereeing decisions throughout the entire 90 minutes most notably allowing Vipers’ equalizer to stand despite the scorer Tito Okello being in an obvious offside position.
Ronald Kirangwa was initially banned for three years, Sam Kakembo five years and Lydia Nantabo two months. However, Kirangwa’s three-year ban was reduced to only six months and Kakembo’s five years reduced to one after both parties appealed to the federation.
5. Emmanuel Kiweewa suspended indefinitely over bribery scandals
FUFA Referees Standing Committee suspended center referee Emmanuel Kiweewa from all football-related activities for allegedly soliciting a bribe
In a recorded phone conversation, Kiweewa was heard chatting with Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) coach Noah Mugerwa purportedly requesting for sh1m to fix the semi-final return leg match between UMU and St Lawrence in the University Football League.
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