In their quest for a solid centre back ahead of the second round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, Police FC thought they would land Henry Katongole on loan from Vipers SC.
Apparently that move won’t be happening according to Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru. Police have largely played with either diminutive defender Paul Willa or Ibrahim Kibumba alongside skipper Sadat Kyambadde at the heart of defense.
Police FC had earlier reportedly shown interest in signing the former Express and SC Villa experienced defender in the current January transfer window, only to be denied by the Kitende based club.
“We were informed by Vipers that Katongole wasn’t for sale because he was part of their future plans,” Mubiru told www.football-256.com.
“We thought we would capitalize on his experience and work ethic because he is one of the best of the league, but that won’t happen,” Mubiru added.
“We are still searching and looking forward to getting two central defenders in order to solve our defensive errors. There, we shall compete favorably because no team can outclass us.”
“If we get the kind of defenders we want, then we shall be in a good position to compete, because no team has dominated us in all the games we played in the first round. We scored in 13 games, which means that we only failed to score in only two games.”
“Going into the second round of the league, we are going to improve the way we defend as a team, but we shall remain with our attacking philosophy because we are better than any other team at it in the league,” he added.
Katongole was going to be great addition to the Police defense which as shipped in a disappointing 26 goals and scoring two less, it’s not only in defense that Police need strengthen.
He is yet to feature for Vipers since joining them from Villa at the start of the season, he wasn’t issued a license and it’s yet to be seen if he is one of the players they hope to rely on in the second round of the season.
Police are also looking at strengthening their goalkeeping department, where they have solely relied on Davies Mutebi without any reliable back.
“We have agreed terms with Yasin Mugabi but only waiting for his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from Zambia, but the hunt for the central defender is still on,” he added.
If Mugabi completes his move, then Mubiru will have credible backup plan if he decides to maintain Mutebi as first choice or go with Mugabi as first choice.
It should be noted that Police FC lost defender Tymo Kimera, who went to ply his trade in Asian countries without the club’s consent, he had played just four games of the first round.