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Top 10 Players who fell from grace after changing clubs


For a player, moving from one club to another only means there is either a better deal at the next destination or things that did not work out as expected at the current team.

Often times many players will move in search of better deals in the form of playing time, pay, or better competition at the teams of their desire. But, there are also lots of factors that determine the level of success at the places that give better deals.

It could be ‘sheer bad luck’, poor choice of club, injuries, or just relations and at the worst failing to adapt to the new team’s methods.

In the end, these factors are responsible for making a mark between a successful player and one that fails.

In this article, The Touchline Sports’ Ronald Yiga presents the top 10 players whose who fell from grace after changing clubs.

10. Hassan Kalega – URA FC

Hassan Kalega was once one of the most sought after youngsters in Uganda football.

In 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season, Kalega was plying his trade with Police FC and had attracted interest from Uganda’s best clubs.

It was not a surprise that when URA FC came calling for the former Masaza Cup MVP in 2015.

However, things didn’t go as planned as Kalega could not cement his place in URA FC’s first-team. Now 21, Kalega is a bench-warmer at URA FC.

9. Muhammad Shaban

Muhammad Shaban had a dream to start a bright career, scoring the goals, being named the league’s MVP, and as well representing the National Team at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

He was destined for greatness.

At just 21, he earned a famous transfer to Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca, but this is when it all went south. The former KCCA FC striker couldn’t cement a place in the starting eleven and was released just a year later.

Now 23, Shaban is at Vipers and struggling to get back on the field of play after undergoing knee surgery.

8. Tom Masiko

Tom Masiko now playing for Wakiso Giants | Photo by Mugabi Arts

Another talent who was robbed his potential after a move to Vipers SC from KCCA FC.

Tom Masiko was a star at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo, and had already made a name for himself before the famous switch to the Venoms when his contract expired. He thought it was the best move for his career.

But after spending just 2 unpleasing seasons at the club, plagued by injuries, he was deemed surplus to requirements and sent out on loan to Wakiso Giants.

Masiko is now a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Vipers SC.

7. Abraham Ndugwa

Ndugwa had a breakthrough season with Masavu FC, scoring 6 goals and a handful of assists. What made it more impressive was that he did it, when Masavu were struggling to avoid relegation just like the case of Steven Mukwala with Maroons.

A transfer move to Vipers in July 2018 meant that he was expected to get even better at the Kitene based club. However, after one season of ‘some good football’, Ndugwa, a change of the coaching team had his fortunes change as form and fitness kept on betraying him.

He is now a perennial bench warmer at Vipers SC after having his international debut for Uganda Cranes just two years ago.

6. Henry Katongole

Katongole was a decent player right from Mehta SS, through to Express FC, and had just cemented his place in SC Villa’s first-team.

When Vipers SC came calling and it was evident that he would grow into a better player since he was heading to a better Club.

However, misunderstandings with his agent and failure to adapt to the new methods employed by Javier Martinez did prove he was going nowhere. Later, after just 10 appearances, he moved to Police FC.

But, even at Police, Katongole could express himself effectively as he was expected.

His partnership with Joseph Ssentume and Ssemakula Sylvester conceded the third-highest number of goals and just survived the relegation battle when the league was ended prematurely.

5. Milton Karisa

Milton Karisa was once the darling at Kitende, having played over 30 games in that title-winning 2017/18 campaign and was expected to be one of Uganda’s finest in the next few years then.

The pacy winger thought a move to the Mouloudia Club of Oujda in Morocco was a wise decision.

But, while at MC Oujda, things quickly went wrong as he lost his place in Uganda’s national team and had been deemed unwanted at the club before seeking a move away.

Karisa, however, re-joined Vipers SC to redefine himself and we await to see if this can come true.

4. Edirisa Lubega

Once Uganda’s most feared striker, Lubega was at the peak of his career when he guided Proline FC to the top-tier, scoring 21 goals in the 2015/16 season. He chose to throw it all away for money.

Lubega was a target for almost every big club in Uganda, but he opted to cross to Austria’s Floridsdorfer AC instead on loan. He also had a resurgent loan spell at SV Ried but he could not build upon it.

Falling from grace, Lubega returned to Proline FC for a short spell and he is enjoying another lone spell at Estonia’s Paide Linnamesskond

3. Gadaffi Gadinho

Gadinho, the name was enough to strike fear in rival teams, he was truly one of the fast-growing midfielders in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

He was vital in Onduparaka’s journey to Uganda’s top-tier and his name is still a darling to the Caterpillars faithful. So, when he signed for Mbarara City, it looked like a match made in heaven.

He was thought to be the long-term midfield pivot for the Ankole Lions, but he failed to settle at Kakyeka and did not return from Arua to make the second round with his new team.

2. Ismael Watenga

Watenga had a promising career ahead of him, leading Vipers SC to the 2017/2018 Uganda Premier League title and more silverware with the club. He was a mainstay with the Uganda national team. Indeed, the future was bright for him.

But tables turned upside down when he left Vipers for Ethiopia’s Bunna Coffee. He immediately lost his place on the National team.

He later moved to Kenya’s Sofapaka FC where he spent only a few months.

Watenga is now club less with transfer links to South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.

1. Allan Kayiwa

Kayiwa battling with Aloro Moses | Photo by Vipers SC

Kayiwa was sought to be another big thing with his classic displays at Tooro United FC. So it was no surprise when money bags Vipers SC came calling for the exciting winger.

However, instead of opting to go to a club that would have given him first-team football, week-in, and week-out, he chose to try his luck at Vipers SC where he has since been forced to be on the bench.

In-short, Kayiwa is himself to be blamed for his woes.

Nicholus Kasozi, Tom Ikara, Benard Muwanga are some of the others players whose bad club choice affected their careers.

Ronald Yiga
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