Ugandan Super League

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FUFA Super League
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2009 Ugandan Super League logo
Country Uganda
Confederation CAF
Founded 1968
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ugandan Big League
Domestic cup(s) Ugandan Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Kampala City Council FC
(2013/14)
Most championships Villa SC (16)
2013-14 Uganda Super League

The Ugandan Super League is the top division of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations.[1] The league can trace its roots back to 1968 when the National First Division League was established.[2]

History[edit]

Original concept[edit]

The genesis of club football in Uganda was an idea copied from England by Mr. Balamaze Lwanga and Rev Polycarp Kakooza. The objective was to improve Uganda's performances in the Africa Cup of Nations after disappointing results in the finals in 1962 and 1968 held in Ethiopia. The intention was to start a Uganda National League (the forerunner of the Uganda Super League) in order to create foundation for a strong national team. At the same time the identification of players from the grassroots would be made easier and systematic. [3]

There were no clubs to form a league so institutions and districts were contacted to form teams. The 1968 inaugural top flight league comprised Prisons, Army, Coffee, Express, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara and Mbale. There were 3 institutions and 4 districts and one club.[3] The league was known as the National First Division League and the first league champions were Prisons FC Kampala (now known as Maroons FC).[2]

After four seasons, the political turbulence in Uganda impacted on the league and the 1972 and 1973 championship were not completed because of civil unrest. In 1974 the league became known as the National Football League and this title was used until 1982 when the league was trimmed to 10 teams and was renamed the Super League (shortened to Super Ten in that inaugural season).[2]

Super League advent[edit]

The emergence of the Super League in 1982 saw the development of Sports Club Villa as the country's leading club. Through the 1980s and a good part of the 1990s, competition between Express FC, Kampala City Council FC (KCC) and SC Villa lit up the league and fans attended in hoards.[4]

SC Villa won the league for the first time in 1982 and over the next 22 years totalled 16 league titles. Kampala City Council FC and Express FC won the championship title in the intervening years.

Match-fixing[edit]

In 2003, football in Uganda hit its lowest ebb as Villa put 22 goals past Akol FC when the league title went down to goal difference with Express. This was one of the biggest scandals in Ugandan football and thereafter, there was a complete media shutdown in all matters pertaining to local football.[4] Fans became increasingly disillusioned and deserted the stadia thus affecting the teams financially. [5]The episode represented one of many that has plagued Ugandan football.[6]

FUFA Super League[edit]

The 2013-14 FUFA Super League is being contested by 16 teams, including Bright Stars FC, CRO FC and Soana FC who were promoted from the Ugandan Big League at the end of the 2013/13 season.

Participants and locations[edit]

Club Settlement Stadium Capacity
Bul FC Jinja Kakindu Municipal Stadium 1,000
Bright Stars FC Kampala Nakivubo Stadium 15,000
CRO FC Mbale Mbale Municipal Stadium 10,000
Entebbe FC Entebbe Muteesa II Stadium 20,200
Express FC Kampala Muteesa II Stadium 20,200
Kampala Capital City Authority FC Kampala Lugogo Stadium 3,000
Kiira Young Kampala Luzira Prisons Stadium 1,000
Masaka Local Council FC Masaka Masaka Recreation Ground 1,000
Police FC Jinja Kavumba Recreation Centre 1,000
Proline FC Buikwe Nakivubo Stadium 15,000
Simba FC Bombo Bombo Stadium 1,000
Uganda Revenue Authority SC Kampala Lugazi Stadium 2,000
SC Victoria University Kampala Mandela National Stadium 45,200
SC Villa Kampala Nakivubo Stadium 15,000
Soana FC Kampala Kavumba Recreation Centre 1,000
Vipers SC Buikwe Buikwe Stadium 2,000

Some of the Kampala clubs may on occasions also play home matches at the Mandela National Stadium. [7]

League standings[edit]

See 2013-14 Uganda Super League for the league table during the mid-season break.

Previous winners[edit]

Performances by club[edit]

Club Previous names Settlement Titles Championship Seasons
Villa SC Nakivubo Boys
Nakivubo Villa
Kampala
16
1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002-03, 2004
Kampala Capital City Authority FC Kampala City Council Kampala
10
1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2007-08, 2012-13, 2013-14
Express FC Express Red Eagles Kampala
6
1974, 1975, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011-12
Uganda Revenue Authority SC Kampala
4
2006, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11
Maroons FC Prisons FC Kampala
2
1968-69, 1969
Simba FC Army Lugazi
2
1971, 1978
Coffee United SC Kakira
1
1970
Nile Breweries FC Jinja
1
1980
Police FC Jinja
1
2005
Uganda Commercial Bank FC Kampala
1
1979
Vipers SC Bunamwaya SC Wakiso
1
2009-10

Top scorers[edit]

NB: * Joy Ssebuliba was leading league scorer with 17 goals for Lint FC in 1973 but the league was not completed because of the dire political situation.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard M Kavuma (2009-05-05). "Ugandan football struggles to compete with English Premier League | Katine". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "FUFA Files: History of the Uganda Super League". Soccer256. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Uganda Super League reaping from 1968 Sand Foundation". FUFA. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Origin of the Uganda Super League (USL)". USL Ltd. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ "HB ZZIWA: Villa’s 22-1 win over Akol killed Ugandan football". The Observer. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Top 10 List: Match fixing episodes in Ugandan football". The Observer. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Ugandan Premier League: Venues 2013/13". Soccerway. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  8. ^ "The Legends: Uganda Super League top scorers since league inception". Kawowo.com. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 

External links[edit]

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