© JOHN BATANUDDE KCCA FC players celebrate | © JOHN BATANUDDE

The Uganda Premier League 2018/19 season is just two games away from completion of the first round.

Coincidentally, the two games involve champions Vipers who will visit URA and also host Mbarara City as games in hand rescheduled due to continental engagements.

KCCA is top of the league, followed by Vipers who are seven points behind but can trim gap to just one with two wins in as many games in hand.

Already, it appears like it will be a two horse race but URA, Onduparaka and surprise package Mbarara City appears like they will push the two big sides.

Bashir Mutanda leads the scoring charts with 10 goals, followed by Juma Balinya and Joel Mutanda with usual suspect Daniel Sserunkuma and the new kid on the block Patrick Kaddu on 7.  

The first four months have seen a host of individual stars. On that note here is the Premier League XI of the season thus far according to Ismael Kiyonga.

Goalkeeper: James Alitho (URA):

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE James Alitho

The former Vipers man rarely put a foot wrong in the season so far. Alitho has been superb throughout with match winning saves that earned URA crucial points despite the team not scoring enough.

It’s no shock that the four time champions have the meanest defence

Defenders

Timothy Awany (KCCA)

Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Timothy Awany

The only player to feature in all KCCA games so far this season. A colossus in defence but also had contribution going forward.

He inspired that come back against rivals SC Villa with that run and assist to Julius Poloto and also won it against URA with the only goal of the game.

Hilary Mukundane (Mbarara City)

Ismael Kiyonga | Kawowo Sports Hilary Mukundane voted Man of the Match on several occasions

It’s no shock that Mbarara City are in the mix for the title at the moment and much credit to Mukundane for keeping things safe at the back.

The central defender had a very promising outing last season and looks much more improved

Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers)

© JOHN BATANUDDE Geoffrey Wasswa

Wasswa has been a model of consistency this season, starting almost all games for the Venoms. His composure on the ball and astute positioning has been a boon. Whether in midfield, defence or right back where he has been played, he has been extra value to the champions.

He has also won a couple of games including one against Paidha Black Angels when he netted a last gasp winner.

Daniel Birikwalira (Bright Stars)

David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Dan Birikwalira in action against Ndejje

Many wrote him when he left Vipers on loan but he has arguably established himself as the best left-back in the Premier League so far.

He is a beast at both ends, and he runs endlessly on the left flank for Bright Stars and on top making over eight assists, he has scored some goals too.

Midfield

Hassan Kalega (Police)

POLICE FC MEDIA Abdallah Mubiru talks to Hassan Kalega and Shakur Makeera

When Rahmat Ssenfuka quit, there were question marks over his successor and the young Kalega hasn’t disappointed.

The former Masaza Cup MVP has made an instant impact with the Cops winning tackles, brilliantly intercepting opponents play as has a very pass success rate.

Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City)

© Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO Paul Mucurezi

Mucureezi’s impact at City has already been felt with the players scoring over five goals and making over seven assists so far.

His winning mentality seems to have transformed Mbarara City and it’s no surprise that the Ankole Lions are third on the log and it remains to be seen where they would be without the former KCCA man.

Allan Okello (KCCA)

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Allan Okello was on the score sheet against Mtibwa

He is not the strongest of players, but his technical ability is something to behold. His name is none other Allan Okello.

The young midfielder has scored four goals and assisted as many in the season where the gaffer has called many changes in the eleven but not sat him when fit.

Okello seems primed to take over from Muzamiru Mutyaba and Jackson Nunda in the near future.

Forwards

Juma Balinya (Police)

Juma Balinya closed down by SC Villa’s Lincoln Mukisa. He scored twice against SC Villa [Photo: Don Mugabi]
Ismael Kiyonga | Kawowo Sports

Juma Balinya has blown hot and cold since his time when he started out at Vipers but he has arguably reached another level this season.

The technically gifted attacked has 9 goals and five assist in the league and has contributed to almost half of his side’s goals.

He creates chances and his dribbles per game are bettered by nobody in the league. As these numbers suggest, Balinya is on course to have his best season yet at Police.

Joel Madondo (Kirinya)

K-Jinja S.S Media Joel Madondo

His side has struggled in the first half of the season but not Joel Madondo.

Kirinya Jinja SS have struggled in games the forward hasn’t featured and this deserves a slot on the eleven so far.

Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa)

Ismael Kiyonga | Kawowo Sports Bashir Mutanda scored the winning goal for SC Villa

Where would SC Villa lie on the table without his goals? Mutanda leads the charts with 10 goals and at one time scored in a record five successive games.

He has scored more than 60% of his side’s goals and if he maintains the form, he will save SC Villa’s blushes but also lay a big claim on the golden boot.

Coach: Mike Mutebi (KCCA)

Assistant: Charles Livingsone Mbabazi (Mbarara City)

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