The biggest talk of the Uganda Premier League for the past few weeks has been twofolds; who sits at the Apex, and who settles at bottom.
‘’Who of KCCA FC, SC Villa or Viper SC is a trusted candidate for the League title?’’ ‘Will Express be relegated’? A repeated question asked by many worried souls.
The discussion on the latter has struck a bigger punch, yet more of the strike leans on the hope that the oldest club in league football today actually avoids the drop.
On Friday evening, media reports revealed how Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi was no longer the chairperson of the six-time league winners and was replaced by Hajji Hassan Bulwadda.
For some time, Nakiwala has been branded the devil responsible for clipping the wings of the Red Eagles from flying at full stretch.
Maybe what many football fans and Express faithfuls however forget, the dark cloud had long hovered over Wankulukuku before the departing chairperson walked through the door.
It was in the early 2000s , when the cancer began to feast on the club. Then chairman Godfrey Kirumira throwing in the towel, was the opening scratch on the Eagles wing.
There was no proper structure at the time, and there has never been any kind of initiative to have the appropriate structures in place, yet his money peppered over the cracks.
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In 2009, The club was a candidate for relegation but stayed afloat thanks to the heroics of Sam Ssimbwa , who coupled the team’s survival with a Uganda Cup triumph.
With No Ssimbwa today, Shafik Bisaso is holding the mantle, and while he is doing all in his powers to avoid the drop, those to give him a hand seem not to be operating at the same wavelength
In their latest league outing, a 2-1 defeat to Bright Stars, Bisaso was forced to leave a number of his players out because the team’s ‘CEO’ had left their licenses behind.
Bisaso later fumbled to assemble a team and lost for the first time in the second round. Losing a winnable game that should have brightened their survival chances, Express faltered again like they have in similar circumstances.
What’s happening at Express right now, should have been avoided many years ago had the leadership done its due, and not use the team as a political weapon.
Express FC’s plight should serve as a wakeup call to other club administrators. Football is a huge business that requires, hard work, thinking, planning and commitment, less a platform to gain popularity and boost political ambitions – a vice of the past.
Teams like URA, SC Villa, Soana, Kirinya, BUL, UPDF and others, should probably pick a leaf. The administration plight, Maybe explains why landing lucrative sponsorship deals today is a headache.
Today, teams like KCCA FC, Bright Stars, Maroons, Vipers and maybe Police can appreciate the need to have structures in place, KCCA FC especially comes to mind.
The reigning league champions are indebted to former chairman Julius Raymond Kabugo. The professional accountant forced some of these things into a bigoted environment, and the dividends are there to be seen.
While other teams are jostling to have just one sponsor on board, KCCA FC have five to showoff and they are hungry for more. They need more, because a football team with the ambitions of the Lugogo side is hard to maintain.
URA FC on the reverse, have one administrative employee who is at pains to draw work plans to blossom the club.