By Edwin Kyle Kule
Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Football Club head coach Kefa Kisala is confident that his charges will put up the required fight in their first season back in the top flight.
The Army side will get their campaign back in the Uganda Premier League underway when they host Busoga United at the Bombo Barracks Grounds in Bombo.
UPDF return to the top flight since 2018 when they suffered relegation after a final day defeat at Vipers.
“We need to use our advantage since we are at home, and get off to a positive start because that gives us an early advantage especially for a team that is returning to the top flight.” Kisala Football256.
“The squad can punch their way in the league because we have a good balance of experience with those coming in and the ones who helped the club gain promotion.”.
“It is important for them to keep a level head going into the game as we continue to support them psychologically and mentally to rise up to what we expect of them, but I am happy with the group,” he added.
Kisala took over coaching reigns at the club in September from Steven Bogere who guided the team back to the UPL and has overseen a massive overhaul of the squad, with up to 13 players leaving.
The Bombo based team has boosted its armour by acquiring services of new players like; Jesse Kajuba, Ronnie Kisekka, Ibrahim Wamannah, James Begisa, Simon Mbaziira and Tony Kyamera.
The team was able to retain some of its old players and these include; club captain Denis Ssekitoleko, Ronald Owinyi, Douglas Kisembo, Andrew Waiswa, Najib Tusaba, Christopher Kawuga, Robert Nakyenalire and Ezekiel Katende.
Busoga United head into the 2020/21 season off the back of their best league finish after finishing fourth last season.
The team’s preparations this season is a far cry from where the club was last season, as administrative battles and financial challenges engulf the club.
Club chairman Diana Hope Nyago is locked in a battle with Busoga Kingdom and other directors who have questioned the legality of the club’s ownership.
There have been reports of a search for a new investor to take over the club with a prize of UGX 300 million reportedly set on any potential buyers.
Club players have also gone on a couple of sit down strikes after going months without pay with information reaching Football256 indicating that only 12 players have been allowed to train a day.
“Twelve to eight players train a day. The team doesn’t look to be in good shape since the players last got salary in June and they are threatening to revolt.” a source close to the club disclosed to this website.
Busoga United hold a better head to head record over their hosts tomorrow after winning three of their last four games between the two sides. UPDF has mastered only one victory.
Four last meetings
Busoga 3-0 UPDF
UPDF 0-1 Busoga
UPDF 1-0 Busoga
Busoga 2-0 UPDF