Image courtesy of Vipers media
By: DANITO NSUBUGA
The 2017/18 Azam Uganda premier league season kicked off on Tuesday the 12th of September but an unpleasant statistic happened on the day and it was about the lack of goals. Only one goal was scored on the day coming from SC Villa’s Abdul Malik Vitalis Tabu. Bright stars’ Jimmy Kakooza became the first player to be sent off and the Masavu Vs Police FC match wasn’t played because Masavu FC failed to present the licences of their players.
We managed to cover all the action and here is our select team of round one including the matches that were played on match day 2 where URA FC beat UPDF 2-1 and Express FC were held to a goalless draw at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.
We are a selecting the top 11 performers in a formation of 4:5:1
Charles Lukwago, KCCA FC.
Barely has it been heard of that a goal keeper was chosen for the man of the match award for KCCA FC but that was the story at Lugogo when Charles Lukwago produced a stellar performance against newly promoted Maroons FC. He made 3 point blank saves to deny Maroons FC who battered the hosts in every aspect of the game.
Fred Okot, URA FC.
The full back scored URA’s first goal of the season as they dispatched a helpless UPDF side, he made relentless runs along the right wing despite playing at fullback he also had a hand in URA’s 2nd goal when he released Nicholas Kagaba to cross for Bokota Labama.
Mubiru Isaa, UPDF FC.
One of the few bright spots in UPDF’s team, he marshalled his area well and he also saved some time to deliver a perfectly weighed cross that Walter Rubangkane connected well with to snatch a consolation for the army side.
Innocent Asiimwe, Bright stars FC.
He stood up tall for the Bright stars when they went a man down early in the first half, he organised his defense well and he pocketed the young Steven Mukwala who was later substituted for Tonny Odur at halftime. The vice captain did not put a foot wrong and he won most of the aerial battles to win a priceless point for his team.
Deus Bukenya, Vipers SC.
Drifted in defence due to the absence of Halid Lwaliwa. Bukenya kept the debuting Nelson Senkatuka at bay which forced Kajoba to withdraw him for a more physical Joshua Kawaddwa, it was again Bukenya who perfectly tackled down Kawaddwa who had broken loose towards Vipers goal and he was booked for a professional foul in the dying minutes.
Taddeo Lwanga, Vipers SC
Another debutant on the day, the former SC Villa captain fit in well like a fish thrown in water at the heart of Vipers midfield, he won possession at ease and his ball distribution was at good.
Bernard Muwanga, SC Villa.
On a day when offensive players failed to shine, we pick a midfield cover of 2 combative midfielders. The SC Villa captain won every battle in his area, Soana’s Baker Lukoya and Allan Kayiwa could not find any space to perform their magic in midfield. He captained a winning team.
Shafiq Kagimu, URA FC.
The midfielder has picked on from where he stopped last season, the exit of Feni Ali has given him the authority to lift the team on his young shoulders, he tormented the UPDF defense all day with precision and vision. He was part of the only team to score more than once in round 1 of the league.
Pius Obuya, Maroons FC.
The young Maroons forward seems to have come of age after having appeared in the 2015/16 season as a 16 year old. He dominated the affairs at Lugogo in a midfield comprised of seasoned stalwarts like Muzamir Mutyaba and Isaac Kirabira. He was very unlucky to miss out on the score sheet thanks to Charles Lukwago’s heroics.
Abdul Malik Vitalis Tabu, SC Villa.
He scored the first goal of the season with almost his first touch on the ball after coming on as a substitute for the ineffective Allan Kyambadde. He curled home a perfect free kick in the top corner far from reach of the impressive Meddie Kibirige.
Bokota Labama Kamana, URA FC .
The big Congolese target man scored a typical poacher’s goal when he timely connect Nicholas Kagaba’s perfect cross into the area to put the win far from reach for the army side. He completes our team.
Saidi Keni, Proline Fc
Promise Mkpene, Express FC
Brian Majwega, URA FC
Coach: Fred Kajoba, Bright stars .