Police FC and Bright Stars FC continue to impress, worrying times at Bombo and pressure starts to mount on Alex Isabirye at URA FC. But what are other talking points from week three action in the Uganda Premier League. Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga takes you through the 10 talking points.
1# Worrying times for Simba SC and Rwenshama

Simba SC started the season on a winning note edging Entebbe FC 1-0 but hasn’t won a game since then.
The army side has lost three on the trot since then losing 1-0 to Vipers SC, Lweza FC and Bul. FC and find themselves in 10th position just three points above bottom placed Rwenshama FC who are winless in their three fixtures; 3 losses, 1 goal and 8 conceded so far. The two must arrest the rot before season progresses further.

2# Jimmy ‘Kacanga’ Kakooza delivers for Bright Stars

Ditched at KCC FC a couple of seasons ago, Jimmy Kakooza aka Kacanga seems to be back at his best. The midfielder is exactly what Bright Stars lacked last season; a brilliant cover for the back four and made some good deliveries in the narrow win over Bul. FC. His tackling is of the highest order and has improved his passing too.
3# Isabirye under pressure at URA FC
If replacing a coach who finished third last season and won the Uganda Cup is not enough pressure, then failure to win in three opening season fixture is enough. That is the case with Alex Isabirye at URA FC. His side hasn’t won a game in three; drawing two and losing one and sit 12th on the 16 team log. He admits he is under pressure but not from his bosses but his inner man but if results continue to become elusive, the bosses will soon wield the axe.

4# Goals still a scarce commodity
Uganda’s scoring problem is evidently on show in the UPL. Only 14 goals were scored in 10 matches in week three an average of 0.71 goals per game. The highest scoring games had just three (Rwenshama FC 0-3 KCC FC & Police FC 2-1 SC Villa).

5# Karim Ndugwa and Umar Kasumba on fire

Goals may be scarce in the league but not for Umar Kasumba and Karim Ndugwa. Both have scored in all but one game with Kasumba who leads the charts with four averaging a goal per game. His form is amongst the reasons the Cops are still unbeaten and in second position; just a point behind log leaders SC Villa.

6# Vipers lethargic but effective so far

Two games, two wins, two clean sheets and six points. That is how effective the 2010 champions are proving to be this season. They are not sharp upfront and are yet to display the performance of genuine title contenders but who cares as long as they continue winning however ugly.

7# Time for some praise for Police FC

In Umar Kasumba, Police FC have a powerful goal scoring focal point up front – it is now four goals in four games for the striker while Godfrey Katerega; a natural right back has added a touch of class and experience to central midfield. Angelo Lonyesi has always been criticized for opting for a defensive approach but he is encouraging attacking football, trying to win games, no matter the opposition, rather than look to pinch a draw. That approach will not always work for them in the way it did against SC Villa, where they got a couple of breaks, but it guarantees entertaining football and, if the early results are anything to go by, Police FC will pick up their fair share of points along the way.

8# Ssimbwa IN, Bogere OUT

Six points out of nine is a good statistic but not at SC Villa. Steven Bogere was shown the exit on Tuesday and replaced by vastly experienced and traveled Sam Ssimbwa after losing to Police 2-1. Fortunately, the 2011/12 league winning manager with Express FC got to a flying start with victory over URA FC that took SC Villa back to the summit of the table.

9# Steven Bengo is flying at SC Villa

His contract was terminated at KCC FC but welcomed with open hands at Villa Park and so far, he is a proving a good signing. Two goals in four games including the winner against URA FC on Friday is a good return from midfielder. He is flying and enjoying his game at the club he calls home.

10# Express FC doing their thing silently

After losing their opening game 2-0 to Kira Young FC, many a pundit took the eyes off the Red Eagles and this has been a blessing in disguise. Wasswa Bbosa’s charges have now amassed six points from two games all away from home and sit just three points behind leaders SC Villa.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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