The year is approaching the end but in the game of football a lot has happened with some coming out winners and some losers but in brief it happened this way.
Starting with Uganda as well positioned nation to watch the African cup of nations held in Equatorial Guinea on television though the previous year Uganda was part of the qualification campaign where it had lost the berth to the prestigious Africa continental football tournament to Ghana and Guinea in group respectively.
However it wasn’t the end of football life in Uganda as Uganda instantly started preparations for the 2017 AFCON qualifiers despite a fact that even draws were yet to be made.
But that is the national team that has to prepare for a calendar year that has a lot of activities on pitch and messing up with just game, the team is done.
Starting with AFCON qualifiers the high this year has been winning two consecutive games of the opening AFCON group qualifiers against Botswana and Comoros respectively scoring three goals in total but surprisingly the football of the year Farouk Miya is yet to score in the qualifiers yet he has not missed in any of the two games.
Uganda is not used to winning the away games but incidentally this year it has only lost three games away; against Egypt (U-23), Kenya in CECAFA senior challenge cup and also against Malawi. Winning against Nigeria was a landmark for a team that had just been in final tournament of Africa with first class players.
Something has happened consistently, the coach has not been consistent in fielding in the team against different opponent but he has something to do with development after some players have gained confidence from the head coach. Yasser Mugerwa always making it to the national team hasn’t been that easy though still lacking playing time at Orlando Pirates. Actually him making it to paid ranks has been a landmark for him but has a challenge to maintain what he gained.
Yasser Mugerwa rise
It was just individual brilliance but not team brilliance after none of the teams represented Uganda in the continental championships passed the mark. KCCA FC in CAF Champions league lost at the first huddle to a Cameroon side and also URA in CAF Confederations cup lost to Orlando Pirates of South Africa on the second huddle.
Miya makes it for Vipers
Scoring eleven goals for Vipers was enough for Farouk Miya to be the team’s goal top scorer leaving actually strikers not having even half of his goals at the club. This ended in Vipers lifting the Azam Uganda Premier league then this didn’t stop only here but the close eye of Miya for goals continued after he managed to score three goals for Cranes in the CAF African world cup qualifiers Russia 2018 after Uganda eliminated Togo on 4-0 goal aggregate. In total Miya concluded the year with 13 goals in total for all national teams, ten for Cranes and three for the u-23 in the Olympics qualifiers.
Uganda cup drama
It all started with unknown Kyambogo fc thumping out Vipers from the Uganda cup in the first round on penalties and probably this was indicators to expect the unexpected in the tournament. But again in the finals this is what happened; It was played twice to get the winner with four red cards on pitch to the same side but were given out in the boardroom. But finally KCCA FC lost the finals to SC Villa 3-0 after the first game was aborted in Ntungamo after referee Robert Donny was center of attraction football enthusiasms not for good he had done but giving out penalty to KCCA FC and a red card was enough for the game to stop there.
St Mary’s Kitende banned for a year with penalty
St Mary’s Kitende football players including Pius Wanji and Leku Alfred were banned for one year after inciting their fellow players to beat up the referee of their semi-final game in the East African secondary schools games held in Rwanda. This resulted into also Kitende being banned for one year out of the championships in football.
SC Villa attracting fans
After elections SC Villa this year has had more fans watching their games than any other team in the topflight league this last season but this year. However they have failed to maintain this and no club to have picked the button from SC Villa because turn-up is low in league as we end the year.
Something are not changing soon as referees have still been complaining of unpaid allowances. Players at clubs like SC Victoria University complaining of not being paid; poor refereeing in big league is the same complain. Actually even FUFA always crying to audience ahead of international matches has been a song the whole year, thanks to president Museveni to have come in always but then after campaigns for presidency will he do the same. Bottom line is, FUFA is yet to establish proper revenue avenues even robbing the government to fund more football via the right channels has not been done or advocated for.
Sam Ssimbwa and Mike Mutebi working together but confusingly
One is manager another is assistant but what they agreed on upon signing a contract with KCCA FC can only be explained by the two only otherwise don’t be fooled, telling the head if you go on pitch might not be so easy.
Uganda winning the fourteenth CECAFA title
Actually the news would be Uganda not winning the title but after winning it many are letting this to pass but giving a chance to local based players to shine was all enough to praise the head coach but judgment await him early next year during CHAN championships in Rwanda. Uganda being drawn against Tanzania and in line of Sudan seemed not to be easy task to qualify but Micho defied the odds to have Uganda qualifying for the third time.