Following Ben Ocen’s injury while on duty with the Uganda Cranes at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon, Police FC went to the market and bought Brian Mayanja Muluuli from Kitara FC in the January transfer window.
Muluuli who joined the Cops has since proved a worthy acquisition for the Cops during Ocen’s absence with the striker scoring five goals in his first six games for the club.
Muluuli had managed three goals in five games for former side Kitara and currently leads the way in a tight race for the golden boot with eight goals.
Muluuli and Ocen have scored a combined 11 goals of Police’s 26 goals so far this season – Ocen had scored six goals in five games before his injury.
“What I know is that we are going to have a healthy competition when Ocen returns from injury which is actually good for the club,” Muluuli disclosed to Football256.
“He is a good striker and we can play alongside each other depending on the game and how the coach wants us to play and therefore I cannot wait to play with him on the same pitch.”
“But even if that does not happen, it is still okay with me provided there is some playing time for me, because, I believe as a striker it does not need you to be on the pitch for 90 minutes to be useful, you can come on as a substitute and have a great impact.”
“And also since we play against different teams, the approach from the coach may favour one of us at the expense of another and, therefore, that is a decision for the coach to make, and see who starts in specific games,” he added.
The former Bright Stars player says that although Ocen is still injured, he is one of the players he has found a good relationship with at the club in the shortest time he has been around.
“He is a good guy,” Muluuli stated, adding; “We usually have lunch together, he is always around for the games and after he tells me you did well here but you will need to improve on this in the next game, so that is how good he has been to me since I joined,” Muluuli said of his already buzzing relationship with Ocen.
Police are not short of fire power upfront with Johnson Odong featuring consistently on the scorer’s sheet with four goals in six games as the Cops continue to enjoy a great start to the season.
Muluuli and Odong have combined for goals recently as the club challenges for its first league title since 2005. And as Ocen nears his return to action coupled with the availability of another January signing Henry Kisekka, head coach Abdallah Mubiru will surely have some tough decisions to make.
The 2005 league winners are seated fifth on the 16-team SUPL log on 23 points. Police visit SC on Saturday, March 6 in Bombo.