By Fredrick Kalyango
13-time league champions, KCCA FC, were neck-and-neck with arch-rivals, Vipers SC, in the hotly-contested 2019/20 race of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League before global pandemic, COVID-19, unceremoniously drew the curtain on all on-pitch action, leading to FUFA declaring Vipers SC champions since 75 percent of the season had been played, as per rules the govern the Ugandan topflight.
However, with preparations in high-gear for the 2020/21 season, early indications are that the “Kasasiro Boys” will have the much-needed edge over “The Venoms.”
KCCA FC, through their gaffer, Mike Hillary Mutebi, have quickly moved to show they learned from their uneven results from last season to address what appeared to be their weaknesses through that season.
From their much-publicized acquisition of Italian, Loro Mazzengo, to those of Charles “Neymar” Lwanga and Ashraf Mugume, KCCA FC have now agreed a deal for Uganda Cranes defender-cum-midfielder, Denis Iguma.
The latter, after being disadvantaged by the injury over the last one-and-a-half years that also saw him missing out on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, has agreed a two-year deal with the Kasasiro Boys, and brings with him a lot of experience to a squad that was lacking just that with the high-profile departures of experienced stars like Timothy Awany, Patrick Kaddu and Allan Kyambadde, along with the imminent departures of the often-injured stars Mike “Sulaiman” Mutyaba and Sadam Juma.
Manager Mutebi has already promised surprises to the football fraternity with his new acquisitions. His club are also understood to be lining up deals for Police FC’s Andrew Samson Kigozi, Mbarara’s Brian Aheebwa, Maroons’ Pius Obuya, Busoga United’s Isma Mugulusi, as well as Proline FC’s Bright Anukani – such is the early statement of intent the Lugogo side are making.
The reigning champions, Vipers SC, on the other hand, are not exactly resting on their laurels, but one will easily feel KCCA FC’s acquisitions are more targeted than those by their Kitende-based counterparts.
With The Venoms reportedly likely to lose their talisman, Fahad Bayo, following a number of irresistible international offers, had only confirmed two signings of their own – Mbarara City’s Ibrahim Orit and former Express FC captain, Dissan Galiwango, who themselves appear to destabilize the squad more than they add to it… both are star players but join a squad already boasting of top talent in their respective positions. despite being liked with more in the market.
More strikers, namely Jamil Kaliisa and Yunus Ssentamu are some of the others rumored to soon be joining The Venoms, who already have a bevy of strikers within their ranks, such as one of last season’s top scorers, playing on loan at Maroons FC, Steven Mukwala, Henry Kitegenyi, Denis Mwemezi, Shaban Muhammad, and Dan “Mzee” Sserunkuma.
It is for this reason that I feel, barring any major changes to approaches shown in the early days of the transfer window, KCCA FC will be champions come the end of the 2020/21 season.
Both of these Ugandan football giants will represent the Pearl of Africa in next season’s continental engagements, with the “Kasasiro Boys” taking part in the CAF Confederations Cup while “The Venoms” are set to battle in the CAF Champions League.
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