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June 11, 2024

The Anchorman

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The worst transfers of the last 5 years in the Uganda Premier league

Joseph Balikuddembe 

Every season, a couple of teams open their cheque books to improve their squad in order to challenge for big honours or even stay in the league.

Today we examine some of the most notable disappointments .

Simon Serunkuuma (Express to Villa)

Serunkuuma’s return to Villa will be one to forget. He failed to make make any reputed impact in the SC Villa’s terrific campaign and disappointed after rejoining the club from Express at the start of the 2018/19 season on a 2-year deal. Recurring injuries and off the pitch bad mannerisms deterred his concentration and rhythm. In return, the dazzling winger made negligible appearances for the record champions. He was accused of a dislike to train and this habit followed him to KCCA. His most embarrassing moment came in the round of 16 match Uganda cup against Ndejje University when he got bundled off after 10 minutes when he had just come on in the second half for Godfrey Lwesibawa. His coach (Paul Mukatabala) said later on that the move was effected because Serunkuuma was not following team orders and he was not putting enough effort as the team protected their slender 1-0 lead.

He is currently in semi retirement after failing to find a club following his release from KCCA.

Brian Kakaire ( BUL)

Kakaire was brought by BUL FC on loan from Vipers at the eve of the season in August. On arrival, He was handed his routine shirt number 10 on account of his playing abilities and heightened expectations from the Jinja outfit. However Kakaire failed to live to the anticipation as he subsequently made 2 appearances including the one against Express where he was brought off in the 37th minute. It’s no surprise he was among the deadwood cleared by Kefa Kisala in preparation for the second round.

When the season ended, “Kaka” went AWOL and it’s believed that he went back to Sweden.

Tom Masiko ( KCCA – Vipers)

The former KCCA skipper was signed on big money. The hype and anticipation involved in his move never lived to the billing. With exception of the famous free kick against SC Villa at Kitende that sparked a riot from Villa fans, Masiko’s Vipers career never kicled off.

He was later offloaded to Wakiso Giants first on loan and later on a permanent move. He has also failed to lift his new club.

Mbayi Clovis Mousa

The Congolese attacker was part of the frantic signings by Vipers in the pre-season transfer window of 2018/19. The striker will forever be remembered for the controversial late strike in Vipers’ 1-0 hard fought victory over Mbarara City at Kakyeka, coaches opted to play him in midfield on some occasions and occasionally employed in deep defensive midfield when the team is guarding their lead. Vipers chose to cancel his contract the following season.

Joseph Mpande Mbolimbo

Mpande was sought after by a host of UPL clubs after his remarkable scoring record in Myanmar then. He landed a deal at URA FC but turned out to be a dreadful piece of business for the tax collectors. The former Vipers captain stayed on the sidelines for the entire loan spell at URA and returned to Southeast Asia without any premier league appearance to boast of.

Brian Nkuubi ( Vipers to URA)

The fact that the former Kira young midfielder has failed to command a starting place in URA’s starting eleven despite the departure of Saidi Kyeyune speaks volumes of how his stock has fallen.

Nkuubi is often named on the bench after falling behind in the pecking order. Sam Ssimbwa prefers to employ Julius Mutyaba and Ivan Sserubiri in Nkuubi’s favoured positions.