UPL: The league that matters finally returns

Match day one of the 2020/21 season starts at Kavumba Recreation Ground where last season's runners up KCCA visit Soltilo Bright Stars on Thursday.

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The long wait is finally over! The StarTimes Uganda Premier League returns after eight months of uncertainty.

Match day one of the 2020/21 season starts at Kavumba Recreation Ground where last season’s runners up KCCA visit Soltilo Bright Stars on Thursday.

Bright Stars are in high spirits ahead of the game against KCCA|Courtesy Photo.

The hosts were unbeaten against the thirteen time champions last season drawing 1-1 at Lugogo before winning 2-1 at home.

Having brought in enough fresh and experienced blood at Lugogo, manager Mike Mutebi says KCCA has what it takes to win the game. He however adds, he is aware of the threat the opponents pose.

“Bright Stars have always given us problems and I know they will again give us headache on Thursday but this time around we believe that we have enough in our armoury to negotiate and try to win that match,” he told the league website.

Denis Iguma (middle) is expected to add experience and leadership to KCCA FC| KCCA FC

KCCA will be without injured Moses Aliro, Gift Ali and John Revita for the game but Mutebi has new recruits Denis Iguma, Juma Balinya, Brian Aheebwa and Bright Anukani ready for their maiden deployments.

New coach Baker Mbowa takes charge of his first official game at Bright Stars after replacing Paul Kiwanuka who joined his colleague Fred Kajoba at Vipers.

Other games:

Police FC hopes to cement their dominance over Wakiso Giants on Friday in a televised encounter at Lugogo while URA visit Mbarara City in Kakyeeka.

Record league winners SC Villa play away to Bul FC on the same day (Friday).

On Saturday, Express travel to Arua to face Onduparaka, Kyetume host Kitara at Fufa Technical Centre, Njeru while UPDF will be at home to Busoga United.

Unusual kick off:

Despite the long wait for the return of the league, the games with be played without fans! The football governing body, Fufa says not more than 150 people will be allowed into the stadium.

The 150 include both sets of the competing players and the technical teams, match day officials and other authorised persons including TV crews plus other journalists.

The reason, Fufa says is to minimize chances of spreading Covid-19, a disease that forced the government early 2020 to close all sporting activities including football in the country.

And consequently, the season was prematurely halted thus declaring Vipers SC as champions.

Match day one Fixtures

Thursday December 3, 2020

Soltilo Bright Stars Vs KCCA – Kavumba 4pm Live on Sanyuka TV

Friday December 4, 2020

Police Vs Wakiso Giants – MTN Omondi stadium, Lugogo 4pm Live on Sanyuka TV

Bul Vs SC Villa – Kyabazinga stadium, Busoga

Mbarara Vs URA – Kakyeeka, Mbarara

Saturday December 5, 2020

Onduparaka Vs Express – Green Light stadium, Arua

Kyetume Vs Kitara – Fufa Technical Centre, Njeru

UPDF Vs Busoga United – Bombo Barracks stadium

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