Golola drives Tooro United back to UPL

Tooro United coach Edward Golola and his players celebrate after securing UPL promotion on Sunday|IMAGE RIGHTS- Batanudde John.

“In a world where vows are worthless.Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power,” Chuck Palahniuk once said.
And indeed, Edward Golola, the man behind Tooro United’s return to the Uganda Premier League in just one season has made words come back into power.

While being unveiled as new club coach last year, Golola promised to deliver Tooro United back to the top-flight league.


He was introduced by club president Alice Namatovu, flanked by a new board member, the Fort Portal City Member of Parliament Hon. Alex Ruhunda at Tavern Woods Restaurant in Kabuusu, Kampala on August 12, 2020.

“I thank the president of this great club, Tooro United Football Club for the wise decision to appoint me and the working team. We are aware it is a challenging job but we shall work together diligently. I am a winning coach and the recruitment exercise started immediately to beef up the team,” the former Vipers SC coach said.

On Sunday, the 13th of June, 2021, Golola finally fulfilled his promise. He guided the side to promotion by topping Rwenzori Group on 31 points after 14 games.
Tooro United beat Kigezi Home Boyz 1-0 at Wankulukuku on the final day of the regular season thanks to striker Marvin Oshaba’s 27th minute penalty.

Despite seeing his dream turning into reality, Golola however acknowledges how hectic the season has been.
“It was not an easy season but I’m happy that I have fulfilled my goal,” he told the media on Sunday.

Golola and his players in a half time talk during one of Fufa Big League games|File/Courtesy.

According to Golola, to achieve their goal, team work right from the top management, players, civic leaders, fans and the recently acquired main sponsor, 1XBet has been the denominator.

“It has been team work from all the parties at play; the club top management, my fellow coaches, leaders, players and the sponsor 1XBet. We shall plan for the new upcoming season in the Uganda Premier League,” Golola noted.

Tooro United were demoted last season when the league was abruptly ended with five games to play due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus that still hits the world.

Alongside Arua Hill who finished top of Elgon Group, they will be joined by the winner of a promotional play off which will involve Proline, Nyamityobora, Blacks Power and Gaddafi FC.