Weekly Gossip-line – The Touchline Sports brings you another column which will bring you weekly transfer updates – the speculation, pending, and completed deals.
Here are these week’s top transfer stories
Police FC signs Tom Ikara, Rukundo extends stay
Tuesday had former KCCA FC and Kirinya Jinja SS goalkeeper Tom Ikara pen a two-year deal at Police FC.
Ikara who has been a free agent following the expiration of his contract with the Kasasiro Boys, KCCA FC joined the law enforcers’ early signings of Eric Ssenjobe, Tony Mawejje, and Hassan Muhammad from Onduparaka.
Right-back Dennis Rukundo also extended his contract with the club for two years at the Abdallah Mubiru coached side.
SC Villa closes in on Meddie Kibirige, more players rumored leaving
Sixteen-time Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa are close to signing Tooro United’s shot-stopper, Meddie Kibirige. Kibirige whose contract expired at the relegated side is being considered as a replacement for the departed Samson Kirya, who was the understudy for Saidi Keni last season.
The latest updates show the club is set to lose more players due to their current financial situation. Villa who already lost Charles Lwanga, Samson Kirya, Bashir Mutanda, and is still struggling against David Owori among others is set to lose more players including Brian Nsubuga, Ronald Magwali, Ibrahim Kibumba, Hood Kakooza, Albert Mugisa, and Emmanuel Kalyowa.
Kyetume FC signs Steven Kabuye, Mutakubwa almost joining Vipers
Kyetume FC signed midfielder Steven Kabuye on a two-year contract from Mbarara city.
At Kyetume, Kabuye reunited with his former coach Livingston Mbabazi who joined the Slaughterers at the end of the season.
The club is also looking forward to signing Onduparaka duo of Rashid Muhammad and Ezra Bidda.
On the other end, Kyetume’s first man Joel Mutakubwa is being courted and could be interested in signing for the Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC even though he is left with a year on his contract.
According to the Sports Nation, Mutaubwa is also being courted by Express FC and the Zambian super league club Zanaco.
Ashdod FC Signs Vipers’ Fahad Bayo
Uganda Cranes and former Proline forward Fahad Bayo joined Israeli club Ashdod FC on a four-year contract from vipers SC.
The 22-year-old who netted twelve goals in the league last season joins his high school teammate Timothy Awany at the Israeli club.
Express FC in Negotiations with Jjuuko, Ssenkaaba on the radar
Reports coming in from Wankulukuku indicate that Uganda Cranes defender Murshid Jjuuko is in talks with Express FC despite interest from recent links with Vipers, KCCA FC, and URA FC.
It is also believed that Wasswa Bbossa is looking to bolster his team with the addition of striker George Senkaaba from Kitara FC.
Burundi’s Musongati FC signs Stephen Othieno
Burundi President Cup winners Musongati FC signed 25-year old defender Stephen Othieno from another Burundian side Lydia Lydia FC.
The Ugandan defender also stands an opportunity to appear in the CAF confederation cup with his new club after leaving his former club relegated to the second division.
URA FC Ready to Sign goalkeeper Hannington at all costs
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) FC is in advanced talks to land Maroons FC goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunnyo. URA FC who first expressed interest in signing now Police FC goalkeeper Thomas Ikara had a change in mind on the pursuit of the former KCCA FC goalkeeper to try and sign the former BUL FC shot-stopper.
Ssebwalunnyo and URA FC are in advanced talks, only left with final negotiations with relegated side Maroons FC since the player has a year left on his contract.
If signed, he will join Mustafa Mujjuzi who joined from proline, Steven Mukwala who joined from Maroons, Bashir Mutanda, and David Owori from SC Villa who already joined the Tax Collectors.