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OPINION: Players who will take the league by storm this season

The Star Times Uganda Premier league has taken a break after match day five, and will return in a fortnight on 1st October, 2019.

It is a season that has already produced nail biting action, twists and surprise results. And with the battle for the front runners and the relegation strugglers already taking shape, it suggests a pretty exciting season ahead.

www.football-256.com looks at the individuals who will stand out for their respective sides and ones to look out for this season.

Brian Ahebwa – Mbarara City

The Mbarara City forward is not as prolific Infront of goal, but it is his all-round play that can give any defence a run for their money on any day. A good dribbler who is as comfortable in one against one situation, with a great first touch.

Ahebwa played a phenomenal role as the Ankole lions gained promotion to the top tier, but struggled for playing time under Mbabazi. However, his performances so far, scoring twice in four games, suggest that he may well play a huge role this season.

Disan Galiwango – Express FC

Express FC has had an indifferent start to the season so far, registered only four points in five outings. But their skipper Disan Galiwango has been ever green, even when they have struggled. Playignout of position on the left wing rather than left back, many would suggest Disan would struggle.

However, going by his performances in their dramatic 3-2 victory over Mbarara City, Disan may as well be comfortable higher up the pitch.

Express Skipper Disan Galiwango shows off his man of the match accolade against Mbarara city | Express photo

And if he can replicate that for the better half of the season, the red eagles and more importantly George Ssimwogerere has a player and leader he can rely on to enforce his methods on the pitch.

Joel Madondo – Busoga United

13 goals last season accounted for close to 50% of Busoga United’s goals last season. And trials in Turkey describe Madondo’s 2018/2019 season. Written off at Vipers, Madondo is out to prove doubters wrong.

Busoga United made a coup when they managed to keep him at the mighty arena and his spectacular volley against BUL FC in the Jinja derby was a special way to open his account for the season.

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KCCA FC midfielder Nicholas Kasozi (L) tries to stop Busoga United striker Joel Madondo last season in Jinja | KCCA FC Image

Endowed with electric pace, fast dribbles, strength and a powerful shot are attributes that make him a nightmare for any opposing defenders.

Yusuf Ssozi – Police FC

Ssozi could not help as his former side Paidha Black Angels were relegated last season. But his performances did not go unnoticed. Cranes Interim coach Abdallah Mubiru included him in the CHAN team and is in line of making his Cranes debut against Burundi.

Football-256’s Clive Kyazze presents the man of match accolade to Police FC’s midfielder Yusuf Ssozi | Courtesy photo

The relegation ghosts have followed him to Police though, as the club lie second from bottom, yet to pick up a point this season and with -1 points. But the midfielder has been consistent in the four games he has played for the cops this season.

Untiring, a great passer, and a willing hard worker, Ssozi will play a significant role in the middle of the park for Police and his man of the match performance against SC Villa is reason enough to be included on this list.

Hassan Ssenyonjo – Wakiso Giants

The internet is already awash with memes of defenders on their fours or back sides with Ssenyonjo zooming past them without a care in this world.

Spotted from the Masaza Cup, newly promoted side Wakiso Giants acted promptly in securing his services, and he has taken huge strides in his development with brilliant performances for the Purple Sharks.

Hassan Ssenyonjo leaves BUL defender for dead during their league game at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium, Wakiso | courtesy photo

Ssenyonjo’s brilliant close-coordinated dribbling, excellence in one-v-one situations and raw pace have made him a fans’ favorite at Wakiso Giants and also earned him his maiden national team call up with the Uganda Hippos side that will take part in the 2019 CECAFA U20 tournament in Gulu.

Bright Anukani – Proline

Another budding talent, and one that is already making a name for himself in the star Times Uganda Premier league.

Anukani arrived in the league with a huge reputation after scoring 12 goals for the club last season, and was subsequently named the 2018/2019 Big League player of the season, plus guiding his side to the Uganda Cup triumph.

Proline players Bright Anukani (L) and Noordin Bunju (R) during training ahead of their CECAFA Opener | Proline FC Images

Anukani is a classy attacking midfielder, who can create or find space at will. He’s however yet to have an impact on the league as Proline has struggled to juggle continental football and the league but he has already had a major role in the CAF Confederations Cup, scoring the important away goal in the one-all stalemate with AS Kigali in Rwanda.

Fahad Bayo – Vipers

Having joined Vipers from Zambian side Buildcon FC, Fahad Bayo finds himself as the Uganda Premier League leading goal scorer with three goals from three games which has left him in the spotlight with everyone eager to see how many he can manage come the end of the season.

Vipers’ striker Fahad Bayo celebrates his first goal against KCCA in the pilsner Super 8 / vipers Photo

Bayo’s form and now the return of Muhammad Shaban, who’s yet to make his debut because injury will not only leave the fans with mixed reactions about the two, but will also give coach Edward Golola some selection headache on whether to one ahead of the other, or to start with both of them.

Bayo is a speedy striker who channels real aggression on the pitch into good moments. And he has got the right mentality and he needs to add a little bit of composure on occasions of his finishing, and he could be well in the 20+ region.

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