Tuesday September 12 2017

Kick-off: Seven football players expected to light up the 2017-18 campaign

League, Cup and Super Cup winners KCCA

League, Cup and Super Cup winners KCCA will be one of the teams that will feature prominently among the televised games this season. PHOTO BY AMINAH BABIRYE  

By Elvis Senono

Kampala- One of the criticisms of the domestic football game has often been a lack of entertainment with emphasis often put on winning rather than structural play.
The last few years have, however, seen an increase in the number of coaches who emphasize structured play as much as winning.
Below we look at players whose topflight experience does not go beyond one season but are being relied upon to light up the new season.

Allan Okello (KCCA)
Mike Mutebi has always had an eye for talent and thinks he is currently one of the best players in the country. He reminded everyone of his ability with a fine volley in the Super Cup.

Albert Mugisa (Police)
Such is trust that coach Abdallah Mubiru has in him that the midfielder who was plucked straight out of the Nile Special University Football League is being relied on to unlock defenses for the cops.

Mahad Kakooza (SC Villa)
Signed by Wasswa Bbosa for Express, the deep lying playmaker who relies mostly on his passing, only came into his element in the second round after the former left. The two are reunited at Villa.
Frank Tumwesigye (Vipers)
Despite playing less than 10 games last season, the former National Under-17 star did enough to warrant the young player of the season award. A tight academic schedule may deny him playing time.

Shafik Kagimu (URA)
His first season in the topflight saw him notch eight goals for URA last season before the two-footed attacker forced his way into Cranes.
Kabon Livin (Onduparaka)
While Muhammad Shaban hogged the headlines, Livin and Gadaffi Anguzu were the other standout players for Onduparaka with the former’s left foot often wreaking havoc as he cut in from the right.
Pius Obuya (Maroons)
Another player from the Mathias Lule-coached 2014 Under-17 team. The midfielder will be central to his team relegation survival hopes.