The 2019/20 Uganda Premier league is just six games old, but there have been heartbreaks, jubilation, and surprises as football lovers have been treated to relentless, heart throbbing action after every passing game week.
One team has provided one of the biggest surprises so far, written of by many especially after struggling last season, managing to scrap past relegation to finish 13th in the end.
Maroons are a completely different entity, winning three of their opening six games, as they lie sixth on the log. Compare that to their return at this stage last season, the Luzira based side had lost four of their opening six games, picking up just two draws.
One pillar has been majorly responsible for turning around the club’s resources from the ruins of their previous struggles; head coach Douglas Bamweyana. A cultural revolutionist, tactically astute and determined leader, Bamweyana’s ideas and approach has caught up easily at the club.
Normally it would take time for a coach to institute his approach and style in a team, and thankfully Bamweyana’s appointment came at the right time before pre-season, and the former SC Villa coach was able to work with the team before the real business got down.
“We had a very good pre-season, and as a person it was the very first time to have a pre-season with my team, so it gave an opportunity to prepare them physically, mentally and tactically well to deliver what I want,” Bamweyana told www.football-256.com.
“We have worked hard as a group, we got some new players and right now the team looks a bit balanced but the most important thing was the pre-season,”
“We started the season when we already understand what to do, so it became a bit easier to get what we want although we still need top quality players in the squad,” he added.
Bamweyana was banished out of his last role at SC Villa, with the players, management and the fans turning against him, after he had worked the magic of saving the club from the imminent relegation threat.
At Maroons he takes over a side whose highest finish is 10th, since they gained promotion to the top division in 2016. But Bamweyana seems to have laid down his ambition of punching way above their weight and try force themselves into the top five positions.
“Like every team, our target is to win but, in our case, it will be a bit harder according to the squad we have but we will do everything we can so that we win games,”
“We are ready to challenge for top five positions and we feel that we can achieve it. We know it will be tough but we are looking forward to the challenge,” Bamweyana said.
Bamweyana’s side enjoyed quite a run in the month of September, winning their three games, beating 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2 against Kyetume, Tooro United and Bright Stars respectively. A feat that was rewarded by him being voted the Coach of the month for September.
Beating his replacement at Villa Edward Kaziba to the award should added top grossing to his latest achievement.
“It’s a good thing that I won the Best Coach for the month of September accolade, but I normally prefer group accolades but it gives me extra motivation and an inspiration as a coach,” Bamweyana happily noted.
Maroons FC forward Steven Mukwala who is on loan from Vipers SC also contested for the Pilsner player for the month for September but there were no double celebrations as he was beaten by Vipers’ Fahad Bayo.
He scored two goals for his side last month helping them collect six points, Bamweyana believes that Mukwala will lead them to exaltation.
“Mukwala is really a good forward and that’s why I jumped to the opportunity when I got to know that he was out for a loan deal because we were short of forwards.”
The Prions warders will be ceremonial visitors tomorrow when they face off against Mbarara City at their Prison’s Grounds, Luzira.
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