The Lugogo derby between KCCA FC and Proline FC marked the end of the Startimes Uganda Premier League first round of fixtures and indeed, the ended pretty well for the defending champions with a 4-0 win against a Mujib kasule coached side.
However, they remain second against leaders Vipers who completed their first round with an additional 2-points to the one they had picked up against Maroons at the Luzira Prison Grounds following a successful appeal against the use of Goalkeeper Hannington Sebwalunnyo.
Vipers SC, Defenders KCCA FC, BUL FC, and Villa SC occupy the top 4 positions respectively while Proline FC, Bright Stars FC, and Police FC are fighting for their lives in the relegation zone.
A first-round filled with drama on and off the pitch characterized by the events that had Proline FC and Police FC docked points for failing to honor their fixtures, the moments when almost half of the teams did not have their playgrounds approved by the licensing committee. And then the rains got Namboole, Wankulukuku and Luzira playgrounds suspended from hosting league games.
Anyway, the 2019/20 SUPL First round was competitive enough with the fans across the country enjoying the thrill, the goals eclipsed by the four hattricks down in Arua, the vengeance (BUL FC 3-0 KCCA FC as well as the brilliant title run and battles against relegation.
A total of 283 goals were scored in 120 SUPL games averaging 2.36 goals per game. The defending champions KCCA FC have notched in the highest number of goals (32) while relegation-threatened Tooro United and Bright Stars have the least number of goals(10)
Leaders Vipers SC have had the tightest defense by the first round in the league and only let in 7 goals in 15 games while newly-promoted side Kyetume FC have conceded the most, 25 times this season making it an average of 1.66 goals per game.
Fahad Bayo and Steven Mukwala ranked highest in the first round as the best Signings while Nigerian John Egbuonu Odumegwu, Nicholas Sebwato, and Simon Sserukuma have barely had an impact at their respective clubs. On-loan Maroons FC striker (from Vipers SC) Steven Mukwala leads the league’s scorer-board with 10 goals While the off-season Vipers signing from Buildcon Bayo has 9 goals on his name in 13 games.
Vipers SC has had a 73.3% winning rate in the first round, winning 11 of their 15 league games and only losing 1 to holders KCCA FC on matchday 14.
Meanwhile, Bright Stars have the worst winning rate in the league, winning just 1 of their first-round games.
BUL FC was the first round’s biggest surprise package. The Jinja based side is surprisingly 3rd on the table standings with 29 points, only 7 adrift from current leaders Vipers SC. They have picked up vital wins against Big sides at home (KCCA FC and Express FC) and drawn away against SC Villa and URA FC.
Karim Watambala, Hassan Ssenyonjo, and Sam Ssenyonjo have all been introduced to the scene by their respective clubs and have had an integral part in their team’s successes so far this season.
Youngstar Sam Ssenyonjo has so far scored 3 goals and 4 assists in his 4 senior appearances of KCCA FC.
Edward Kaziba and Peter Onen were superb throughout the first round. SC Villa coached by Edward Kaziba and Ibrahim Kirya lost only 2 in 15 games and went on to a 13-game unbeaten run before losing to KCCA FC at Lugogo.
Peter Onen on the other side has helped BUL FC collect 29 points in 15 games, picking up vital wins against KCCA and Express and a point against URA FC and SC Villa.
Comparison with last season
At the end of the first round last season (2018-19), KCCA FC was atop the Startimes Uganda Premier League table with 36 points garnered in 15 games, 5 ahead of this season leaders Vipers SC who were second on 31 points.
BUL FC who sit third on the log were 5th with 23 points while SC Villa were involved in the relegation battle in 13 position on 14 points.
The bottom three places were occupied by Nyamityobora FC, Ndejje University and Paidha Black Angels who were still relegated at the end of the season.
A total of 267 goals had been scored by the end of the first round last season with KCCA having the highest (34 goals), While Paidha Black Angels had only found the net 6 times.
Vipers went into the first round break unbeaten with 31 points in a run of 15 games.
Bashir Mutanda was the league top scorer with 10 goals While Dan Sserukuma, Joel Madondo, and Juma Balinya followed closely on 9 goals each.