Kmaupates has come up with a designated best 11 team for Uganda’s foreign based players in 2017 according to their performances in their respective Clubs.
Most of these players joined new Clubs in the summer transfers of 2017 and they had to struggle for first team places, Kizito Luwagga (CMS Iasi), Wasswa Hassan (El Geish), Yunus Sentamu (FK Tirana), Tony Mawejje (FK Tirana) and Isaac Isiende, Aucho Khalid (OFK Beograd), Geoffrey Sserunkuuma (Buildcom), Emma Okwi (Simba SC) Isaac Isinde (Buildcom) all switched to new Clubs in 2017.
However, Aucho Khalid (FK Beograd), Miya Farouk (Standard Liege) were both denied the opportunity for first team football in their Clubs in 2017, thus they couldn’t be listed.
Meanwhile, basing on the statistics and individual performance, most players failed to make it to the best 11 team in comparison to other players in the same position.
Despite of playing competitively in their respective Clubs in 2017,Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito(Than Qang), Mike Azira(Cororado), Henry Kalungi (Charlotte Independence), Oloya Moses( Ha Noi ), Emma Okwi(Simba), Geoffrey Serukuuma (Buildcom), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos), Salim Jamal (El Merrikh)and Abdu Lumala (Kalmar IF), were sidelined in comparison to Sentamu Yunus (FK Tirana) Lubega Edrisa (FAC Wiena),Mawejje Tony (FK Tirana), Kakeeto Robert (Aalborg IF), Alex Kakuba (Feirense), Luwagga Kizito (CSM Iasi), Murishid Juuko (Simba FC) Isaac Isinde (Buildcom), Onyango Denis (Sundowns), and Hassan Wasswa (El Raja).
Tactically Ronald Mukiibi best fits in a three backline defense, he has enjoyed the formation for the whole year and his performance was superb under the English manager at Ostersunds, therefore we opted to place him on the right side together with Murishid Juuko in the Center and Isaac Isiende on the left to concretize a three man backline.
The formation permits both full backs on the left and the right to attack as wingers and the Aalborg IF winger Kakeeto and Feirense’s Kakuba qualified to take over the right and left positions according to their show in 2017 league football, Godfrey Walusimbi and Denis Iguma and Joseph Ochaya were the other options in the same positions.
In the Midfield Mawejje and Wasswa were above rated Geofrey Kizito,Mike Azira and Khalid Aucho who failed to have regular playing time at his Club Beograd in 2017, although the other four players had consistence in their Clubs Mawejje was a better option, managing to score at least a goal for his Club in the nine consecutive matches he played for Tirana and he lifted his foam to the climax since joining Tirana in August and was the best contender for a box to box midfielder who can suit in the formation.
Sentamu and Lubega were the best options upfront having scored vitals goals for their Clubs in Europe several times.
Emma Okwi, Geofrey Sserunkuma, also scored on several occasions for their Clubs but the competition of Austria and Albania leagues is tipped ahead of Tanzania and Zambia league.
Abdu Lumala 20, of Kalmar FF in Sweden was a remarkable striker but featured in few games managing to score only one goal from ten matches he played last year on loan at Helsingborgs
Kizito Luwagga is the only Ugandan midfielder who has made quite a number of assists at his Club CSM Iasi in Romania he is the potential midfielder to play behind the two strikers, his position contender Moses Oloya and Miya Farouk did not have the best performances as compared to him.
Best 11 team:
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)
Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds IF, Sweden), Murishid Juuko (Simba FC, TZ) and Isaac Isinde (Buildcom, Zambia)
Tonny Mawejje (FK Tirana, Albania), Hassan Wasswa, (El Geish, Egypt), Robert Kakeeto, (Aalborg IF, Denmark), Alex Kakuba,(Feirense, Portugal), and Kizito Luwagga (CMS Iasi, Romania)
Yunus Sentamu (FK Tirana, Albania), and Lubega Edrisa (FAC Wienn, Austria)
By Alex Kasirye/kmaupdates