Every season in the Uganda Premier League sees the introduction of fresh and young talents who progress into established stars and become big name players in the league and on the national team at large.
With more than 60% of the players in the UPL below the age of 23, the local league is surely a breeding ground for the nation and African footballs’ next big stars.
www.football-256.com brings you a list of young players who are expected to light up the league during the 2019/2020 season.
Sadat Anaku – KCCA FC
The 18-year-old is tipped by many to become a prolific goal scorer in the league after his good displays in the FUFA Juniors League. The budding striker scored 83 goals in the last three seasons in the FUFA Juniors League, before he was inevitably promoted to KCCA’s senior team.
He is expected to take over the goal scoring mantle from Patrick Henry Kaddu, after the latter departed the club for greener pastures in Morocco. Laced with a sweet left foot, ability to go past his marker, and break neck speed and ability in the air, the youngster will cause some hard time for defenders.
Abdul Karim Watambala – Vipers
The nascent midfielder was promoted from Vipers SC’s academy St. Mary’s Kitende at the beginning of this season.
He impressed many when he was named Man of the Match on his senior debut as Vipers defeated Proline FC 1-0 in the Pilsner Super 8 earlier in August after superb performance in the middle of the park.
It will be hard for the Kitende based club to feel the absence of Moses Waiswa who left for PSL’s SuperSport United FC as Watambala looks ready to feel the void left by Waiswa.
Aziz Kayondo – Vipers
Vipers SC marauding left-back is also a product of St. Mary’s Kitende, he was promoted to the senior team earlier this year against Tooro United in the league game where he was voted the Pilsner Man of The Match due to his tremendous performance.
His qualities in overlapping, reactivity, skill and good final ball delivery cemented him a starting place at the club since his debut, making him one of the youngsters to watch out for in Ugandan football.
Hassan Ssenyonjo – Wakiso Giants
A product of Masaza football tournament was signed by Wakiso Giants at the beginning of this season from Mawokota.
Since joining them he has established himself as the creative force of the club through both left and right wings and due to his dribbling skills, pace and ability on the ball he is expected to take Uganda Premier League by storm.
Joel Madondo – Busoga United
One of the wannabe prolific goal scorers in the league is also expected to establish himself as one of the best players in the league this season.
Out of the five games so far played in the league, he scored two goals to lead his side to two incredible wins, if he continues with his form, he will be a player to watch this season.
Bright Anukani – Proline
After leading Proline FC to promotion into the Uganda Premier League as well as the club’s first major trophy in the Uganda cup last season, teenager Bright Anukani is set to take the top division by storm.
He is known for his craftiness, dribbling and above all his amazing skills that make him a joy to watch for many. Because of his incredible performances for Proline, he earned himself a national team call up.
Ezira Bida – Onduparaka
Bida joined the West Nile giants way back in 2017 but since then, he had struggled to penetrate into the senior team until this season.
Due to his ability in going forward, he is seen as one of the prospects the Uganda Premier League has this season.
Samuel Kato – KCCA FC
The lanky Center half might have his name on the lips of many because of his brilliant displays and the steady rise to the senior team.
He made his senior debut for KCCA FC against Tanzania’s Azam FC in the group stages of the CECAFA Cup held in Rwanda between June and July this year and he has been impressive since then.
He looks solid in the defense due to his physicality and his game reading is good, though not yet the finished player, he looks to be one able to fill the void left by Timothy Awany who left the club at the beginning of this season.
Ivan Bogere – Proline
Another Proline FC player who is expected to take the Uganda Premier League by storm is Ivan Bogere.
He has an eye for goal and he is very dangerous in the box, the striker has already proven his credentials, scoring a hattrick on his debut in the CAF Confederations Cup against master’s Security, while his brace in the return leg against AS Kigali was enough to seal Proline through to the play-off round qualifiers.
Frank Ssenyondo – Express FC
Express’ Frank Ssenyondo is also one of the players to watch in the Uganda Premier League this season.
With Express looking blunt in the opponents’ half, Ssenyondo always give them plan B with his pace and dribbling ability especially from the right wing.
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