There’s never been a better time for Ugandans to get into league football than this. Following two crisis-filled seasons that culminated in to two leagues, sanity seems to have prevailed at last.
The 2014/15 season gets underway this Friday September 19 with all warring factions gearing towards a common goal.
What should have been realized two seasons ago now seems to have sunk into most peoples’ heads and hopefully it lasts.
For the fans and football loving Ugandans who have longed for this, here are six things that should help you get up to speed before the season kicks off.
Prisons were the pioneer league champions:
The first top flight league season was played in 1968-69 and Prisons wrote history as the first champions. The side also defended the title in the 1969 season but has never been champions again.
Only 11 teams have won the title:
The 2014/15 season will be the 46th in history but only eleven (11) teams have managed to clinch the championship. These are SC Villa (Nakivubo Boys), KCC FC, Express FC, URA SC, Simba SC (Army), Maroons FC (Prisons FC), Coffee, Vipers SC (Bunamwaya SC), Uganda Commercial Bank, Nile Breweries and Police FC.
SC VILLA are the Record League Winners:
SC Villa who boast of 16 championships are the record league winners. The Jogoos won the title in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002-03 and 2004. In second place is KCC FC with 10 titles (1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2007-08, 2012-13, 2013-14) while Express FC follows in third with 6 championships (1974, 1975, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011-12).
Others are URA FC on four titles (2006, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11), Maroons and Simba on two in 1968-69, 1969 and 1971, 1978 respectively. Vipers (2009-10), Police FC (2005), Coffee United (1970) and UCB (1980) complete the list of champions.
Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa is the record goal scorer in a single season
Call him whatever you want but Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa holds the record for most goals in a single season. The temperamental striker netted a whopping 45 goals in the 1999 season while playing for SC Villa to break Jimmy Kirunda’s 32 goal record set in 1978. However, unconfirmed records state Ali Kitonsa (R.I.P) scored over 55 goals in the 1969 season though there is no proof.
Magid Musisi (RIP) holds the record for most ‘Golden Boots’
No player has won more golden boots than the Late Magid Musisi (RIP). The ex-Rennes striker won it in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992. However, the record for most consecutive golden boots is jointly held by Issa Ssekatawa (1981, 1982 and 1983) and Hassan Mubiru (2001, 2002 and 2003).
Uganda Premier League is the New name
The 2014/15 season name is the Uganda Premier League (UPL). The previous one was known as Fufa Super League.
*** Additional information from Wikipedia was used in the compilation of this article **