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Mbale Heroes FC back in Big League after buying Kiboga Young FC

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Mbale based soccer side, Mbale Heroe Kiboga Young FC. The team will now play in Uganda’s second tier league, FUFA Big League in the season 2019-2020.

Mbale businessman Wycliffe Mwambu, the proprietor of Bugisu High and Bugisu Junior Schools, bought Kiboga Young for undisclosed fee on behalf of Mbale Heroes and he says “it is still a community team”.

Mwambu has since been named the interim club chairman taking over from Musoli Kamadi and they have brought over 14 players from Kampala as they intensify with daily training sessions under interim coach Benjamin Jamuhiru assisted by Lutula Karituch at Mbale SS playgrounds ahead of the new season in Big League.

The Interim Mbale Heroes FC Public Relations Officer Isma Kalema says Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA is yet to grant them change of name from Kiboga Young to Mbale Heroes but they were cleared to host Big League games in Mbale.

For starters, Mbale Heroes is the most historical team in Eastern Region having won the Uganda cup (then Kakungulu cup) twice in 1976 and 1999).

They also represented Uganda twice at the continental level in The African Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977 and 2000 before the tournament was abolished in 2004, merged with the CAF Cup in 2004 to form the current CAF Confederations Cup.

The team had struggled due to financial and managerial challenges. It was on the verge of collapse after finishing bottom of the Eastern Region League table last season and consequently getting relegated to Mbale district 4th Division.

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