By Alex Bossa
The Rwenzori group lived up to its billing of a tough group with goals flowing and a difference of one point separating the fourth from the second bottom club. A number of youths got their debuts while ex internationals showcased their abilities in the first round of the FUFA Big League.
Lying bottom of the group is Terrazzo and Tiles. Life has been hard for the Ankole Heats who are winless in the 7 matches they have played so far. The 4-0 loss to a Proline side that had 5 academy players was a lesson and embarrassment for the team that has struggled to win a single game.
Goals have been hard to come for the Ankole Heat with the Rwenzori group’s lowest of 4 goals scored and a joint group 2nd highest number of goals conceded of 10 goals.
Relegation is highly likely for Terrazzo and Tiles who sit rock bottom, 4 points off second bottom club Kigezi Home boyz.
Kigezi Homeboyz have failed to copy and paste their performances in the Uganda Cup to the Big League with the team occupying the last relegation spot heading into the second round of fixtures.
With 11 goals conceded so far, The Gorillas have the highest number of goals let in by any team in the Rwenzori group. Their poor defending was evidenced in the opening day 4-0 defeat against Proline.
They also have the joint highest number of drawn games (4) in the group while the club’s only victory came in that victory away to Water FC.
The news of the sacking of head coach Mark Twinamatsiko this week is a sign that the Kigezi based club are looking for survival.
The hopes for survival are high as a goal margin of 2 goals separate them from 6th placed Water FC.
Water FC occupies the final survival position, thanks to a superior goal difference of 2 goals, although they are tied at 7 points in the middle of both 7th placed Kigezi Homeboyz and 5th placed Ndejje University.
The former UPL club have won only two games, drawn one and lost four across the seven first round games played in the league.
The team needs improvement in attack when the 2nd round of fixtures resumes as it has only managed to score an average of one goal per game. They have failed to strike a balance between striking and defence. Water FC has shipped in 9 goals, 1 goal more than 5th placed Ndejje University.
Ndejje University are a shadow of the team which won the Big League in the 2017/2018 season with the team only managing to win only a single win out of the seven matches played. They have failed to make the Arena of Visions a slaughtering ground.
The 2-0 home win against Water FC was the highlight of their season after drawing all their opening three games. Heading into the second round, Ndejje University are winless having drawn one game and lost two games.
The last day 1-2 home loss to Luwero United condemned the team to 5th position only to be leap-frogged by their tormentors.
Goals have been hard to come for Luwero United who are fourth in the standings with 8 points. One point stands between Luwero United and relegation.
The two wins the team has registered have all ended 2-1, at home against Kigezi Homeboyz and away at Ndejje University.
The 1-0 away loss to Proline was the lowest goal scoring defeat Luwero United acquired in the first round games.
Proline FC who were relegated last season occupy the final play off position in 3rd with 13 points, 3 points off leaders Tooro United.
Going into the second round of fixtures, Proline FC will have to choose between the youth and experience. The 1st round saw a number of academy players being elevated to the first team. The likes of Richard Ajuna, Joshua Okiror, Ramathan Juma, Bunjo Noordin and Alpha Ssali all made their debuts during the first round of the season.
The return of veteran Savio Kabugo from injury will add the required experience and balance to the team that boasts a number of ex internationals such as Brian Umony and Hamis Kizza Diego.
A return of 11 league goals out of 7 matches is a fair return for the team that is aiming for automatic promotion. With a defensive record of only 6 conceded goals, Proline has the second-best defense in the Rwenzori group only bettered by Nyamityobora FC.
Nyamityobora on the other hand boasts the best defensive record across the 2 groups in the league with only 3 goals conceded.
Head coach Makumbi has lined up an all attacking team that has scored in each of the Milk Men’s last 6 games, a period that has generated 10 goals and 13 points to move the team to 2nd on the table with 14 points.
The Milk Men started the season with two draws from two matches but quickly regained momentum to defeat table leaders Tooro United 4-0 at home. After the Massacre of Tooro United, the team went on a winning streak and only lost to Kigezi Homeboyz along the way.
Nyamityobora have only lost one game so far this season, a stat they enjoy with table leaders Tooro United.
Tooro United lead the Rwenzori group with 16 points, having won 5 games, drawn 1 and lost 1 game across the 7 first round fixtures. No team has enjoyed the back of the net this season in the Big League than Tooro United who have scored a league’s highest of 13 goals.
The approval of the Buhinga Stadium by FUFA for Tooro United to host home games came with added advantage with the club winning all its home matches.
Going into the second round, the club will be required to improve on their defending if they are to hold on for the automatic qualification having conceded 8 goals in just 7 matches played.