Ugandan football tactician Asaph Mwebaze has predicted his 2019/20 Uganda Premier League table.
Mwebaze has tipped Vipers to win the league ahead of KCCA and two of the promoted clubs to be relegated – Proline and Kyetume together with record champions SC Villa.
“The Championship fight will be amongst the three, Vipers, KCCA and URA. But Vipers will win it because Golola is back at his spiritual home. KCCA will burn out due to the champions league schedule and a young and inexperienced team. URA FC will blow hot and cold but won’t get to fourth gear. They have bought a new team that will take long to play in sync,” Mwebaze says in his Facebook post.
“Mbarara, police and Tooro will give the big boys a run for their money but will be satisfied finishing in the top six. Their financial muscle doesn’t allow them to push beyond that level.
“Bul FC, Onduparaka, Wakiso and Busoga will fight to get points to stay comfortable in the league, though they may start off the blocks like a man on steroids. Bul FC are more satisfied being in the league than achieving anything substantial. Onduparaka has lost very many players in the off season, this may be a testing time. Wakiso looks good on paper but the league is a phenomena. This season would best for them to establish themselves than having grandiose expectations. Busoga United will not offer much but can pick good points at home which might prove vital.
“The relegation battle is going to be a six prolonged affair. This will involve Express, Bright stars, Maroons FC, Proline, Villa and Kyetume. It would be or is unfair to Involve Proline in this mix but they I find it impossible not to, considering the strength of their squad and the age factor. Unless they learn to get results ugly and win away from home or avoid defeat, they are candidates for the scrap.
“The departure of Kajoba from Bright stars might have created a tricky and sticky situation at the club. The replacement might find problems with the squad the former coach assembled. To get them playing will not be easy. I see them in for a long hard season,” he says.
“Express, for sure are a pale shadow of themselves. They have lost almost all the squad of the previous season and have not been active in the market. “I don’t see them performing miracles, they may go down like they have almost done in the last three seasons.”
“Maroons FC after surviving the drop by the skin of their teeth, will unfortunately be in it again. They have appointed a new Coach which can either be a plus or a recipe for trouble. The blue print was discarded for the money transfers. Unless they can sustain this option they will struggle to the end.
“Villa the most successful club in Ugandan football history is going to be it the relegation battle again. For a club that was built to win, it’s a shame that their team is so unrecognizable! Villa now picks players in open try outs like a newly promoted side,” he says.
For Kyetume, he says, “it’s an issue of somebody must go down! Nothing personal, but three teams must be relegated and usually a team from big league must go down. So Kyetume is my number one candidate for relegation.”
Asaph Mwebaze has previously managed Maroons, Onduaparaka FC and Nyamityobora FC in the Uganda Premier League and is currently out of employment.
Mwebaze’s Uganda premier league table standing prediction 2019/20;
- Vipers SC
- KCCA FC
- URA FC
- Bright stars
- SC Villa