Inconsistent, dismal, inadequate and flattering to deceive have all been words thrown around a lot in relation to the “Purple sharks” this season given their hard-to-explain season. They ironically still remain the actual “King Makers” as we approach what promises to be a spellbinding climax.
This chance for belated impetus is informed by their last four fixtures of the SUPL season. In what seems to be a baptism of fire, they will have to play host to Express FC, travel to KCCA FC, host URA FC and crown the season with a visit to the Bombo Military Grounds Stadium to play against SC Villa.
One could make an argument that the fixture planners weren’t fair enough to Wakiso Giants but maybe that could be an obtuse way to look at the matter. What’s interesting though, is the fact that the Wakiso based side will have to play against both Express & URA to determine the fate of the 2020/2021 season crown.
If I were charged with the authority to choose who gets to sit at the proverbial table of men, I would have perhaps chosen a different and more ferocious villain given the Mary-go-round like season Douglas Bamweyana’s side has experienced.
His forensic approach to the game has been through a lot of scrutiny the entire season and has only managed to arrest some bit of consistency in the latter part of the season.
Additionally, their promiscuity that has seen them tossed around by even those fighting relegation is hard to miss. They have had to uncharacteristically accept defeats from Airtel Kitara, Busoga United (who they have only managed to pick a point the entire season), and most damagingly away to the Mukono based Kyetume FC even after leading the game at halftime.
I vividly recount looking deeply into the lecturer’s melancholy eyes during our interview in the aftermath of that rather unprecedented (3-2) defeat at the Nakisunga Saaza Playground as calls for his head seemed imminent. To everyone’s surprise, however, he would retain his job in the most miraculous of ways, shrugging off the sword-happy president Ssebulime Musa “Atagenda“.
For perspective, his team (Musa Atagenda) has earned itself a reputation for being the “Nomadic Pastures” in the league since their inception in the 2019/2020 season. From Ibrahim Kiirya who earned them promotion, the Giants have entertained Kefa Kisaala, Stephen Bengo (on two spells as interim), Livingston Mbabazi, Deo Sserwadda, and now Douglas Bamweyana.
Even their inception to Uganda’s topflight league alone after just a season in the FUFA Big League was a clear indication that this was no ordinary team. The adrenaline was pumping high as they promised to be the champions of the downtrodden, or at least shaped this narrative by their activities both on and off the pitch as we went for the previous season.
They indeed stormed the league as world beaters and appeared to be on a rampage, promising not to play by the cowardly rules once in the league. The promise was to challenge the status quo but little did they realize that they would quickly succumb to the patriarchy where either KCCA, Vipers, URA, and now the rejuvenated Express remain the pacesetters.
One would be forgiven for keeping locked into this mindset but what is certainly for sure was that their incredible work (both on and off the pitch) prior proved to be the cornerstone of what now seems to be a dream sold to the majority of fans and the media alike. The argument from some however is that the team is experiencing the so-called second season syndrome but this remains a question for the philosophers.
To throw a bit more wax in the fire, their displays especially in the first half of the season that saw them plummet to the bottom three left many fans with a tongue-in-cheek feeling. The good news is that they currently are on a six-game unbeaten run, collecting five wins and drawing just once against Busoga United. Amongst this well-put-together run was a (7-2) thumping of Airtel Kitara and a (5-1) win against UPDF FC.
The run has seen them claim the seventh position at 36 points only four behind sixth-placed Police FC. What remains imperative however is the fact that they have a very rare opportunity of deciding the fate of the league when they lock horns with both URA and Express. They host Express FC as early as Sunday 20/06/2020 at the Kabaka Kyaabagu stadium.
Their adventure this season has been uncharacteristic and has gone on to provoke talk of this being a case of lowering expectations for failure to meet them.
What is clear for sure though is there will be bigger fish circling next season and the imminency of a plummet from the top six positions is there for everyone to see given last year’s debacle coupled with the way their season has turned out.