July 5, 2022

How long the relegated trio has been in the top-tier

By Brian Aheebwa
Police FC skipper Tony Mawejje (M) beats his Mbarara City opponents at Lugogo | Police FC Image

Police FC, Mbarara City FC, and Tooro United FC are the three teams that have been relegated from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League in the 2021/22 season.

A look at how long the above teams have spent in the top-flight since their respective promotions is worth it.


Police FC players pose for a team photo before a game at Lugogo | Police FC Image

The Cops earned promotion to Uganda’s top-tier division 27 years ago and since then, they had never dropped out until this campaign.

Of the 27 seasons, Police has featured in the UPL, the 2005 season will forever remain in the minds of everyone associated with the club given that it is when they won their first and only league title.

Mbarara City

Arua Hill’s Samuel Ssekamatte (L) keeps possession away from then Mbarara City’s Hillary Mukundane / Arua Hill Image

The Ankole Lions were promoted to the UPL five years ago in 2017 and had become a mainstay but were unable to continue beyond the 2021/22 season.

Mbarara’s best performance in the UPL in five years was in their second season, 2018/19 when they finished the season positioned fifth on the 16-team log.


Unlike Police and Mbarara, Tooro has had two different stints in the UPL, the first one was for six years while the latest has lasted for only a year.

The Roaring Lions were first promoted in 2013 as Soana FC before they changed their name to Tooro United in 2018.

Tooro was relegated for the first time in the 2019/20 season but after one year they returned to the top-flight for the 2021/22 campaign.

However, they have immediately been relegated and that is the second time. Their best performance in the UPL was in the 2018/19 season when they finished fourth.

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