Uganda Premier League

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Uganda Premier League
Ugandan-super-league.png
2009 Ugandan Super League logo
Founded 1968
Country Uganda
Confederation CAF
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ugandan Big League
Domestic cup(s) Ugandan Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Vipers SC (3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championships SC Villa (16 titles)
Website http://www.upl.co.ug/
2017–18 Uganda Super League

The Ugandan Premier League is the top division of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations. The league was previously known as the 'Uganda Super League' but changed in the 2014-15 season after new management taking over.[1] The league's roots date 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 Balamaze Lwanga and Polycarp Kakooza. The objective was to improve Uganda's performances in the Africa Cup of Nations after disappointing results in the finals in 1962 (fourth-place finish) and 1968 (lost all three group stage matches), both held in Ethiopia. The intention was to start a Uganda National League (the forerunner of the Uganda Super League) to create the foundation for a strong national team. At the same time, the identification of players from the grassroots would be made easier and systematic.[3]

Because there were no clubs to form a league, institutions and districts were contacted to form teams. The 1968 inaugural top flight league was composed of Prisons, Army, Coffee, Express, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, and Mbale. There were three institutions and four 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. 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 ten 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 SC Villa as the country's leading club. Through the 1980s and a good part of the 1990s, competition between Express, KCC FC 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. KCC FC and Express won the championship title in the intervening years.

Match-fixing[edit]

In 2003, football in Uganda hit its lowest ebb as SC 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]

Uganda Premier League[edit]

The 2018–19 Uganda Super League is being contested by 16 teams. Ndejje University FC and Nyamityobora FC were promoted after winning their FUFA Big League groups, while Paidha Black Angels were promoted after winning the FUFA Big League promotion playoffs.[7]

Participants and locations[edit]

Uganda Premier League is located in Uganda
Onduparaka
Onduparaka
Paidha Black Angels
Paidha Black Angels
JinjaBul FCKirinya-Jinja SSPolice FC
Jinja
Bul FC
Kirinya-Jinja SS
Police FC
Ndejje
Ndejje
MbararaMbarara CityNyamityobora
Mbarara
Mbarara City
Nyamityobora
Vipers
Vipers
KampalaBright StarsExpressKCCAMaroonsSC VillaSoanaURA FC
Kampala
Bright Stars
Express
KCCA
Maroons
SC Villa
Soana
URA FC
Locations of the Uganda Premier League clubs
Club Settlement Stadium Capacity
Bright Stars Kampala Mwererwe Stadium 5,000
Bul FC Jinja Kakindu Municipal Stadium 1,000
Express Kampala Muteesa II Stadium 20,200
KCCA FC Kampala Lugogo Stadium 3,000
Kirinya-Jinja SSS Jinja Kakindu Municipal Stadium 1,000
Maroons FC Kampala Luzira Prisons Stadium 1,000
Mbarara City FC Mbarara Kakyeka Stadium 2,000
Ndejje University FC Ndejje Ndejje Stadium 2,000?
Nyamityobora FC Mbarara Nyamityobora Playing Grounds
Onduparaka FC Onduparaka, Arua Greenlight Stadium N/L
Paidha Black Angels FC Paidha, Zombo Okoro Stadium 6,000
Police FC Jinja Kavumba Recreation Centre 1,000
SC Villa Kampala Nakivubo Stadium 15,000
Soana Kampala Kavumba Recreation Centre 1,000
Uganda Revenue Authority SC Kampala Lugazi Stadium 2,000
Vipers SC Wakiso St. Mary's Stadium 2,000

Some of the Kampala clubs may on occasions also play home matches at the Mandela National Stadium. [8]

Previous winners[edit]

Performances by club[edit]

Club Previous names Settlement Titles Championship Seasons
SC Villa 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 FC Kampala
12
1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
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
Vipers SC Bunamwaya SC Wakiso
3
2009–10, 2014–15, 2017–18
Maroons FC Prisons FC Kampala
2
1968–69, 1969
Simba FC Army Lugazi
2
1971, 1978
Coffee United SC Kakira
1
1970
Nile Breweries Jinja
1
1980
Police FC Jinja
1
2005
Uganda Commercial Bank FC Kampala
1
1979

Top scorers[edit]

Notes:

  • 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.[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]