There will at least be six new head coaches in the different clubs’ dugouts when the 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season gets underway.
Wakiso Giants FC, Modern Gaddafi FC, Onduparaka FC, Soltilo Bright Stars FC, SC Villa, and Blacks Power FC have all confirmed they have moved on from the coaches they had last season.
In June, Wakiso Giants appointed John ‘Ayala’ Luzinda as their new head coach replacing Alex Gitta.
The former Police FC assistant coach penned a two-year contract until 2024 with an option to extend for a further year.
Modern Gaddafi acquired the services of Wasswa Bbosa on a two-year employment contract.
The former SC Villa, Express FC, and Tooro United FC tactician was unveiled in June, taking over from Peter Onen.
Furthermore, in July Onduparaka handed Haruna Mawa a one-year contract until the end of the forthcoming campaign.
Mawa, who previously coached Arua Hill SC and the defunct Victoria University SC, came in to replace George Lutalo.
Lutalo resigned midway through last season and it is Bosco Dudu that helped the Caterpillars survive relegation, but, he has since joined Calvary FC.
Bright Stars will be under the guidance of Asaph Mwebaze who was appointed the club’s head coach on a three-year contract in July.
The Ex-Onduparaka, Maroons FC, and Nyamityobora FC manager succeeded Paul Kiwanuka who served as an interim coach until the end of last season, following the sacking of Baker Mbowa.
Meanwhile, record UPL champions Villa sacked the Greek Petros Koukouras at the end of the season and named his assistant Jackson Magera as interim head coach.
In September, the Jogoos confirmed that Magera will assume the role permanently ahead of the new season.
Newly promoted side Blacks Power parted ways with Vialli Bainomugisha who guided them to their maiden promotion to the UPL in June.
They in return appointed the experienced Onen on a two-year contract. In the UPL, Onen has previously worked with Modern Gaddafi and BUL FC.
The 2022/23 season commences on Friday, September 30 when Vipers SC hosts Mwebaze’s Bright Stars.
Onen’s Blacks Power will start its maiden UPL season at home against his former club BUL on Saturday, Luyinda’s Wakiso Giants will visit KCCA on the same day.
Mawa and his team Onduparaka will also be in action on Saturday with a visit to URA FC whereas Magera’s Villa will be at home against Bbosa’s Modern Gaddafi on Sunday.
The 15 UPL teams with their head coaches
Vipers SC – Roberto Oliveira
KCCA FC – Morley Byekwaso
URA FC – Sam Timbe
BUL FC – Alex Isabirye
Arua Hill SC – Livingstone Mbabazi
Express FC – James Odoch
Wakiso Giants FC – John Luyinda Ayala
Gaddafi FC – Wasswa Bbosa
Onduparaka FC – Haruna Mawa
UPDF FC – Brian Ssenyondo
Soltilo Bright Stars FC – Asaph Mwebaze
SC Villa – Jackson Magera
Busoga United FC – Abbey Kikomeko
Blacks Power FC – Peter Onen
Maroons FC – Mohammed Ssenfuka