Mbarara City Football club has found a replacement for Brian Aheebwa, after completing a move for Bashir Mutanda.
Mutanda joined the Uganda Premier League side on a one-year contract and was unveiled by the club on Wednesday morning.
The striker who has previously also played for Vipers SC joins the Ankole Lions as a free agent following the expiry of his contract with SC Villa in June.
Mutanda spent two years at Villa, scoring 15 goals, 13 of those coming during the 2018/19 season. A lengthy lay off last season limited him to just 11 appearances.
However, he still popped up with decisive goals including the winner against rivals Vipers SC at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in January.
Mutanda said in July that he will not be renewing his contract with the Jogoo as he seeks a new challenge elsewhere.
He was linked with a move to Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy and had a trial stint with the club, but Villa’s USD 50,000 valuation of the striker put Jwaneng off from any potential deal.
Mutanda’s arrival at the Ankole Lions clears the worries about the team’s amour upfront. Mbarara has lost three of its most potent goal sources in the past six months.
Paul Mucureezi left in January, while Brian Aheebwa and Ibrahim Orit have both moved on to KCCA and Vipers SC respectively in this window. The trio was involved in 21 of Mbarara’s 29 league goals last season.
Whilst Mutanda bolsters the options for Brian Ssenyondo in attack in light of losing Aheebwa especially, the club still has striker Jude Ssemugabi as another alternative.
Midfielder Pistis Barenge also agreed to a two-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2022, while they recalled attacking midfielder Farouk Samali from loan from Kigezi Homeboys.
Defenders Souleymane Bamba, Steven Othieno and Swalik Bebe Segujja together with goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekeba have all been handed new contracts at Mbarara.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ronald Edwok and pacey winger Godfrey Kalungi both joined on respective two-year deals from Light Secondary School Football Club.