In Summary
  • Soccer. At both ends of the StarTimes Premier League table, there have been players who simply couldn’t replicate the kind of form that propelled them to stardom. For one reason or another, these players have miserably flopped hence yielding nothing for their teams.

KAMPALA. For all the talent that has been on show this season, there have been plenty of players who have failed to live up to desired expectations.

At both ends of the StarTimes Premier League table, there have been players who simply couldn’t replicate the kind of form that propelled them to stardom. For one reason or another, these players have miserably flopped hence yielding nothing for the teams that trusted them.
As the season folds this afternoon, SCORE takes a look at the players who have missed the mark and need to take this as a wakeup call before next season commences.

Moses Waiswa (Vipers)
Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre must be spearheading the list of the worried lot. The playmaker virtually never reported to duty this campaign for Vipers and his abysmal display reach its nadir in December when he was treated with social media ridicule for ‘imperfectly’ winning the Fufa player of the year. For larger spells in the second half, Vipers found it customary to play without him as they raced to second spot.

Viane Sekajugo (Onduparaka)
His eight goals and a couple of assists last season lifted him to the best footballer three-man short list in December. When he lost out, the pacy left winger was never the same as his impact on the team dwindled. Gone are the glory days when his piercing runs and dribbles determined matches against the big guns and so are his chances of making it to the national team set up ahead of the Chan and Afcon in June.

Mathew Odongo (URA)
Back in July, Sam Ssimbwa’s URA dug deep into their wallets to sign striker Mathew Odongo on a three year contract from Kenyan giants Tusker. He has failed to replicate the form that made him a darling at defunct SC Victoria prompting Ssimbwa to contemplate switching goalkeeper James Alitho from the posts to play the striking role mid way the campaign. The tax collectors signed Ndejje’s Victor Kilama in January when Odongo’s goal taps failed to open regularly.

Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers)
Injuries and suspensions aside, this is not the return many expected from the Vipers midfield anchorman. He showed grit and composure as a skipper in the early stages of the season. Particularly in the Caf engagements but put the pedal off the gas in the subsequent matches as the Venoms effortlessly surrendered the title to KCCA.

Ambrose Kirya (SC Villa)
In a SC Villa side undergoing renaissance, fans expected the team structure to be built around midfielder Ambrose Kirya. The captain’s armband did little to arouse his performance for Villa and soon he was stripped and sent to the bench. Villa need last day magic to stay afloat and this so partly because of Kirya’s profligacy and off-color form.

Dickens Okwi (Vipers/ Paidha)
One can argue that the players Vipers signed alongside Dickens Okwi - Tito Okello, Livingstone Mulondo, Abraham Ndugwa, and Ibrahim Kiyemba, - have all failed to hit form but the expectations he was saddled with were too gigantic.
When a catalogue of reasons failed him at Kitende, he returned to parent side Paidha where he went dim after three goals. He did little to help their relegation fight.

Lacking Flavour. After making himself a name as a gifted playmaker with Uganda Cranes, a lot was expected from Moses Waiswa at Vipers but the midfielder chose else amidst opting to pick games to play.

PAST WINNERS

2009–10:
Bunamwaya SC
(Wakiso)
2010-11:
Uganda Revenue
Authority SC
(Kampala)
2011-12:
Express FC (Kampala)
2012-13:
KCC FC (Kampala)
2013-14 :
KCC FC (Kampala)
2014-15 :
Vipers SC (Wakiso)
2015-16 :
KCCA FC (Kampala)
2016-17 :
KCCA FC (Kampala)
2017-18 :
Vipers SC (Wakiso)
2018-19:
KCCA FC (Kampala)