The pull of local football’s recent transfers has been irresistible. Showing an iron will to succeed, clubs have gone about business with a refreshing enthusiasm.
While record champions SC Villa came up with a piece of work that is a throwback to the Stone Age (the Jogoos left Villa Park’s door ajar for any aspiring player to undergo trials), other clubs have brought a dash of care and thoughtfulness to their recruiting processes.
Vipers SC and KCCA FC fans, for instance, cannot claim to have endured such unmerited and humiliating torture as have their Villa counterparts. While the elusiveness of a 21st century mindset means that Villa will not quite manage to regain its verve, the Venoms and Kasasiro Boys can pride themselves on the rigour of an approach that will undoubtedly see them continue making measurable strides.
Elsewhere, there are also others in the chasing pack -- the likes of URA FC -- whose rough-on-the edges exterior belies the brightness within their approach to the offseason.
Others like Proline have managed to get fresh resonance despite operating on a shoestring budget. Loan acquisitions of players like Hassan Matovu and Bernard Muwanga have seen the Lugogo-based club strengthen in areas that they needed to.
Taking care of business in the transfer market is a work of considerable difficulty and danger. A scattergun approach should be used with considerable misgiving.
The general consensus is that such a scenario can be avoided if a team’s technical backroom staff is given broad latitude.
Interference from the boardroom is always unfailingly counterproductive. It is, however, hardly a secret that the distinctions between boardroom and backroom staff at Vipers have gradually blurred.
The recent purchase of Muhammad Shaban has crystallised fears that powers of the technical team in Kitende are being usurped.
Observers have set out the problem as they have seen it: which is that the striker, who joined from Raja Casablanca, is widely seen as a Lawrence Mulindwa buy.
Did Vipers need to strengthen in the striking department? Appearing on NTV’s premier sports talkshow, Press Box, Charles Ayiekoh said he thought not.
The former Hippos assistant coach, who also coaches MUBS Nakawa Beach Soccer team, added that such overlaps in the recruitment process don’t usually bode well.