The transfer window is still on going and this week saw StarTimes UPL champions Vipers release thirteen players, a day just after arch-rivals KCCA FC confirming the departure of one of the players that has featured for the two sides. Express FC added another sponsor to their list while the FUFA and UPL are finally getting better with their relationship – here are the stories that made the cut to this week’s Timeline.
August 23nd, 2020
KCCA confirms Ssekisambu departure
KCCA FC confirmed the departure of attacking midfielder Erisa Ssekisambu ahead of the 2020/21 season. The club’s head of communications Moses Magero revealed the development during a KCCA FC TV show on Sanyuka on Sunday night.
Ssekisambu joined KCCA FC last year on a year long deal, with his contract expiring on June 6, 2020.
He is the lastest player to officially leave the 13-time UPL champions after Jackson Nunda (URA), Jamil Malyamungu, Tom Ikara (Police), Mike Mutyaba (retired), and Eric Ssenjobe (Police FC).
August 24rd, 2020
Vipers SC confirms the departure of 13 players.
Uganda Premier League Champions Vipers confirmed the exit of 13 players ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The list included players who had ran down their contracts and those who agreed to “mutually” terminate their contracts with the club.
The confirmed departures included; Brian Nkuubi, Derrick Ochan, Dan Birikwalira, Tito Okello, Farouk Musisi, Tom Masiko, Joseph Janjali, Dickens Okwir, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Duncan Sseninde, Steven Mukwala, Baden Mujahid and Fred Atuherwa.
Express FC acquires new sponsor
Express and MLS agreed on a two-year sponsorship contract and the logistics company became the fifth sponsor after Betway Uganda, Equity Bank, Buganda Land Board, and SPESHO Uganda.
FUFA and UPL Clubs meet for a breakfast meeting
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and UPL Clubs met on Monday morning for their first Breakfast meeting at Imperial Hotel, Kampala.
In that meeting , the FUFA Boss Moses Magogo told the UPL clubs more funds will come through in January as a second Covid-19 relief fund installment but they can still seek more funds in form of loans.
Namboole Stadium Land secured with Fake land titles
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, finally secured its land titles which had been missing for some good time during the handover ceremony at the Ministry of Education boardroom at Embassy House.
The stadium received 3 land titles (block 234 plot 1334 with has 1.660 hectares, block 234 plot 6086 with 12.6410 hectares and block 234 plot 6087 which with 35.899 hectares) where the stadium sits and some area around it.
However, it turned out that the land titles handed to the Ministry were fake.
August 25th, 2020
Onduparaka FC unveils another signing
West Nile UPL side Onduparaka FC confirmed their seventh signing in preparations of the 2019-20 season.
The Caterpillars on Tuesday signed striker Gabriel Matata from Mvara Boys on a one-year renewable contract, becoming the caterpillars seventh signing after Augustine Akoch, Jasper Okello, Nelson Opio, Jerry Jakisa, Kennedy Atibuni and Bony Musema.
Derrick Ochan joins Police FC
Former Vipers goalkeeper Derrick Ochan joined Police FC on a One-year deal, a day after Vipers officially announced his departure.
The Shot stopper became the third goalkeeper to join Police FC after Tom Ikara and Sammon Oloka and overall the club’s eighth signing in the ongoing transfers window.
Lwesibawa ‘officially’ rejoins Express FC
Former SC Villa and Tooro United attacking midfielder Godfrey Lwesibawa made a return to Express FC and put pen to paper on a two-year deal. He played for the Red Eagles from 2013 to 2016.
He also reunited with his long term coach Wasswa Bbosa who he played for at Tooro United and SC Villa, becoming the club’s sixth addition after Crispus Kusiima, Denis Otim, Richard Bbosa, Abel Eturude, and Mustafa Kiragga.
FUFA orders SC Villa to clear Kalyowa’s dues
Sports Club Villa was ordered to clear Emanuel Kalyowa monies amounting to 11,700,000/= (Eleven Million seven hundred thousand shillings) accumulated in arrears within the next 30 days by the FUFA Dispute Resolution chamber.
The Federation revealed the decision via their Facebook page and ruled that the Jogoos who have in the recent past been accused of failing to pay their players for more than six months will pay the player by the stipulated date, else, they face further sanctions.
August 26th, 2020
Onduparaka beefs up squad with double signing
Onduparaka FC signed former Saviors Football Club duo Okech Emmanuel, and Odur Emmanuel.
Defender Odur joined the club on a one-year renewable contract while Midfielder Okech joined on a three-year contract.
Since the capture of coach Vialli Bainomugisha, the caterpillars have so far signed Gabriel Matata, Kennedy Atibuni, Jerry Jakisa, Musema Bonny, Akoch Augustine, Okello Jasper and Opiyo Nelson.
Police FC captures Zaga
Zaga became the club’s ninth signing after Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Mahmood, Sammon Oloka, Muwadda Mawejje, Tom Ikara, Arnold Ssembuya, Tony Mawejje, and Derrick Ochan were signed in the recent weeks.
Tito inks contract with Gor Mahia
Uganda striker Tito Okello signed a two-year deal with Kenya’s Giants Gor Mahia after the expiration of his contract at Vipers SC.
Tito joined Gor Mahia, the former home to Erisa Ssekisambu and Aucho Khalid, with experience after previous stints at SC Villa, KCCA FC, Vipers, BUL, African Lyon, Mbeya City FC, and Benfica Macau.
August 27th, 2020
KCCA contemplate sacking Mike Mutebi
As reported by The SportsNation, KCCA FC this week started thinking about the unthinkable, and that was to sack Mike Mutebi.
It was reported that the gaffer has fallen out with his top bosses who cite ‘disrespect and arrogance’ as the reason they want to see him out.
sources close to the Lugogo based club reveal that the former Villa manager stormed out of the club’s meeting after he was asked to explain some decisions he has been making at the club.
However, club chairman Martin Ssekajja was quick to disregard any reports indicating the club wanted to sack Mutebi.
August 28th, 2020
Express unveils seventh signing
Express FC continued to strengthen their squad with the addition of 19-year old winger Baker Sakah.
The youngster joined the Wakulukuku based side from Zana High School on a four-year deal and became the club’s seventh addition in the on-going transfer window.
Duncan Sseninde reunites with Abdallah Mubiru
Former Vipers’ attacking Midfielder Duncan Sseninde on Friday evening completed a move to Police FC, putting pen to paper on a two-year employment contract with the Cops.
The 23-year old became the tenth addition for the Cops after Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Derrick Ochan, Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Muhamood, Sammon Oloka, Muwadda Mawejje, Tom Ikara, Tony Mawejje, and Arnold Ssembuya.
He spent the whole of last season on loan at Wakisha based side Wakiso Giants.
U-17 Girls to receive COVID relief
The FUFA Communication Director Ahmed Hussein confirmed that each Uganda U-17 girls national team player will be receiving $100 as financial support from FUFA ahead of their FIFA U-17 Women World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.
The beneficiaries of this fund shall be the previous U-17 Girls squad plus the six new faces that were named by coach Ayub Khalifah.
Uganda is due to face Cameroon in Kampala next month in the first leg of the final qualifying round of the 2021 FIFA U-17 Women Cup qualifiers, with the return leg scheduled a fortnight later in Cameroon.
The aggregate winner of the two-legged ties will progress to the 2021 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals due to take place in India starting February next year.
August 29th, 2020
Onduparaka sign goalkeeper Opoka
Onduapraka FC has continued with preparations for the forthcoming season by bolstering their squad.
The Arua based side signed goalkeeper Augustine Opoka on a two-year deal from Busoga United FC, becoming the club’s tenth signing.