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The Touchline Sports: StarTimes UPL team of the season

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With the season at the death, today, we reveal to you our StarTimes UPL team of the 2019/20 season. Have you got yours figured out? If yes, read this till the end, and let us know how your team differs. And if no, well, just enjoy what’s to come:

GK- Fabien Mutombora, Vipers SC

No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than Vipers’ Fabien Mutombora | Courtesy Photo

Mutombora has been a huge part of the Venoms’ success this season and one stat that stands out is that he kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the league (14). It is difficult to imagine whether Vipers would have won the trophy without Mutombora in between the goalposts.

RB- Ashraf Mandela, URA FC

Mandela tussles out with Wakiso giants’ Vianne Ssekajugo at the Kabaka Kyabbangu Stadium, Wakiso

It was tough to leave out Vipers’ Paul Willa but the URA’s Ashraf Mandela has enjoyed a sensational campaign for the tax collectors. Solid defensively and lethal offensively.

He has played 24 of the URA’S 25 league games this season, finding the back of the net on one occasion against KCCA at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

LB- Mustafa Kizza, KCCA FC

Who else if not Mustafa Kizza? The 20-year-old has made the left-back/ wing-back his own for the past 3 seasons. He is KCCA’s most creative player and in the league. He scored 5 goals and 12 assists in 19 league appearances this season.

CB – Huddu Mulikyi, URA FC

Versatile Huddu Mulikyi has played in many different positions this season but it’s at the Center back when he has been more comfortable | Courtesy Photo

Difficult one but we settled with someone who has been consistent in his role. Mulikyi who has been a constant figure in the URA’S set up this season forming a formidable partnership with both Benjamin Nyakoojo or Patrick Mbowa.

His composure on and off the ball was excellent through the season, helping him win 3 man of the match accolades.

CB – Halid Lwaliwa, Vipers SC

Halid Lwalilwa during one of the training sessions with his Club Vipers Sc at the St. Mary’s Stadium last season | Courtesy photo

One of the most intelligent defenders in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues to grow with every season. The Vipers Skipper has been rock solid at the back and has been a leader for the Venoms. Vipers did not lose a game this season with Lwalilwa in defense.

Regista (Deep lying playmaker) – Gift Ali, KCCA FC

Gift Ali in action against Kyetume FC at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo

One of the most important team players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League this season has been ‘Gigi’. The former Police FC and Proline man exhibited all attributes needed in a modern-day defensive midfielder – from initiating play to protecting the backline in a somewhat strange position given the fact that he had not played in a deeper role before.

He was an integral member of the Kasasiro Boys and was consistent throughout the season.

AM – Saidi Kyeyune, URA FC

Kyeyune celebrates after scoring against KCCA FC in Ndejje

Saidi Kyeyune has been one of the most in-form players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league this season.

This is arguably his best season in the top flight, finding the net on 7 occasions and helping others score on seven occasions.

Since rediscovering himself after a career slump that resulted from a failed attempt at professional football in South Africa, Kyeyune has proven beyond doubt that he indeed embodies the attributes of a very good player.

He added scoring to his attributes which pushed URA FC from the bottom half into 5th position on the standings.

AM – David Bagoole, Busoga United

Bagoole was on the scoresheet as Busoga humbled URA FC

After his move to URA FC fell through, Bagoole recomposed himself to score twice and assist his teammates 4 times in 15 league games this season.

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.

He did not only contribute to his team’s 4th place finish this season, but he also managed to stake a claim for national team call-up even though he was not considered.

RW- Steven Mukwala, Maroons FC

Mukwala is on loan at Maroons from Vipers where he has established himself as an important part of the Prisons side set-up. He is currently the league top scorer with 13-goals | courtesy photo

Who else other than the league’s top scorer? Although the on-loan striker from Vipers didn’t help Maroons FC survive relegation, Steven Mukwala finished the league with 13 goals scored in 22 games.

Considered as a failure at Kitende, Mukwala’s ability to rise to the occasion this season proves he has been worthy of a place in the team of the season.

The limited resources plus quality of players at the two different clubs prove how hard he really worked for the numbers that back him up. He was also the most unfortunate player with the most canceled goals this season.

ST- Bayo Fahad, Vipers SC

Bayo cerebrating his goal in Vipers 4-2 win against Proline FC at Startime Stadium Lugogo | Vipers SC Media

The best signing this season. Fahad Bayo hit the ground running so fast when he signed in August from Zambia’s Buidcon FC, finding the net on 12 occasions this season and helping the Venoms clinch the 2019-20 SUPL title and a 4th in Ugandan history.

The changing conditions under two different coaches might have found his worst part of the season, but his abilities indeed earned him a national team call up, where he scored his first goal for the Cranes against Malawi.

LW- Dissan Galiwango, Express FC

Express FC skipper Dissan Galiwango battles out with SC Villa’s David Owori in a StarTimes UPL game | Courtesy photo

Played out of his usual left-back position, the Express FC skipper has played against all odds to help his team survive relegation,  scoring 6 league goals and helping his teammates score four more goals.

He was a formidable part of the best-attacking partnership with Frank Kalanda and Frank Ssenyondo.

Coach – Edward Kaziba, SC Villa

Edward Kaziba has had a stellar performance this season for SC Villa , rejuvenating the team from relegation bound to title contenders

Coach Edward Kaziba has clearly rejuvenated the SC Villa side that was deemed to be relegation bound before the start of the season. They finished 3rd on the log behind KCCA FC and Vipers.

Notable mentions

Goalkeepers Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC), Saidi Keni (SC Villa) and Charles Lukwago( KCCA FC) have also stood out this season.

Derrick Ndahiro , Wasswa Geoffrey ,Alishe Asuman and Hillary Mukundane have been solid at the back.

While in midfield, Karim Watambala, Amir Kakomo , and David Owori would have made our midfield on any day.

At the front, Frank Kalanda, Samson Kigozi, Ben Ocen, Brian Aheebwa, Robert Ssentongo, Vianne Ssekajugo, and Suleiman Mutyaba have bagged in goals for their respective teams.


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