(Photo by Kcca FC media)
By: Erias Kayondo
There has not been a season in recent history where there are more genuine contenders to challenge KCCA FC to the title in recent history than it is today. SC Villa, Vipers SC, and URA FC are all set to challenge them.
This season they expect to challenge more on the continent after having managed to make the group stages of the CAF confederations cup last year.
KCCA are one of the properly financed teams in the team, they are an authority owned team which bankrolls almost 50% of their budget.
They have brought on board a number of sponsors like Britam, Vivo energy, Star times and others who help finance their budget .They have made the Philip Omondi Stadium a fortress and they only lost 4 points at their home.
Their away form is one reason to worry about, They lost 2-1 to Onduparaka fc in Arua but beat the same team 7-0 at Lugogo in the return match. They also lost 2-1 to URA in Lugazi in the first round of last season before picking a point at home in the return game at Lugogo.
The loss of a huge chunk of experienced players like Tom Masiko who left for Vipers sc, Ntege Ivan for Township Rollers in Botswana, Vincent Kayizzi for Bukavu fc of DR Congo, Brian Majwega for URA, last season’s MVP and topscorer Sserunkuuma Geoffrey and Sulaiman Akinyemi joined Zambian club Buildcon, defender Rukundo Denis for Rwanda’s APR and Robert Sentongo.
The Key Men.
He needs no introduction, currently the Cranes’ undisputed target man blessed with aerial prowess and eye for goal. He is the man who scored the winner against Eygptian giants Al Masry at Lugogo and one of the two goals in the finals of the Uganda cup against Paidha Black Angels in Arua last season.
Allan Okello must have come of age after having a stellar debut season
The current holder of the young player of the season award will play his full season for KCCA after having had a dream debut against Onduparaka in a match he scored a a hat trick. He was also an integral figure for KCCA on the continent. He is expected to take more responsibility after the exit of many of the club’s senior players.
Jamil Maliyamungu, Begisa James, Allan Oryek, Mohammed Abudallah, Kiberu Faisal, Wamannah Ibrahim, Abubaker Saddiq Tijjani, Malanga Faisam Ndjibu, Kaddu Patrick and Tito Okello,Defender Obenchan Filbert was also retained from The Saints (UPDF fc).
Mike Mutebi’s 3rd year at the helm of KCCA will be put to the biggest test as most of his rivals are better placed to challenge him than ever better. He will need to fend off a serious challenge from record champions SC Villa, Vipers SC, URA FC and new comers Onduparaka FC.