SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Mbarara City have completed the signing of striker Bashir Mutanda on a one year contract.
Mutanda who was officially unveiled by the club, was a free agent after his employment contract with SC Villa expired at the end of the previous campaign.
He is the club’s first major signing ahead of the forthcoming 2020/21 Uganda Premier League season.
Mutanda is expected to fill the void left by the club’s all-time leading scorer Brian Aheebwa who joined KCCA on a three year deal.
He is also expected to lead the club’s search for goals alongside lanky striker Jude Semugabi who already signed a new contract with the Ankole Lions.
Mutanda is a graduate of the FUFA Juniors League and has previously featured for Vipers SC as well as Kirinya Jinja SS (now known as Busoga United). He joined SC Villa in 2018 and went on to score 13 league goals in his first season with the Jogoos.
He joins former Light SA FC duo of Ronald Edwok and Godfrey Kalungi and defender Karim Ramathan as the other new signings confirmed by the Mbarara outfit in this ongoing transfer window.
The club has already recalled midfielder Samali Farouk from a season-long loan at FUFA Big League side Kigezi Homeboyz FC.
Muhammad Ssekeba, Stephen Othieno, Segujja Swalik Bebe, Soulyamane Bamba and workaholic midfielder Pistis Balenge alongside striker Semugabi, are the players who have signed contract extensions at the club.
Mbarara City finished seventh on the Uganda Premier League table last season with 36 points from 25 games played as the league was abruptly ended due to the pandemic.