FOOTBALL | Cranes skipper Denis Onyango believes that Uganda Premier league has improved much over time.
Onyango, who played in the local league for SC Villa before flying out for greener pastures, was impressed by the lads who have been springing into the national team from local clubs.
His sentiments arose after the team’s 1-1 draw against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in a 2019 Afcon qualifier where Vipers youngster Moses Waiswa started ahead of Luwagga Kizito and Moses Opondo who play in Europe.
Of recent, the team has seen several local-based stars breaking into the national team unlike in previous years and went on to seal big deals in big leagues around the continent.
The most recent ones include Derrick Nsibambi to Egypt, Milton Karisa and Shaban Muhammad
both in Moroccan top-tier teams.
“We have seen players like Milton Karisa and [Muhammad] Shaban coming through the ranks and getting good deals out there,” Onyango said.
“That shows that there is quality in the local league and the players are willing and determined to give their best when called up in the national team.
“Because if you have players from the local league starting ahead of [William] Luwagga and Moses Opondo then it shows that it’s [Uganda Premier League] really doing well.”
KCCA FC’s goalkeeper Charles Lukwago (G.K), his teammates Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Patrick Henry Kaddu, and Timothy Denis Awany, are the other players who made it to the final match day team.
Nicholas Wadada, Bernard Muwanga, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Derrick Nsibambi, Denis Timothy Awany, Isaac Muleme and Milton Karisa who were then featuring for local clubs played a part in the team’s 1-0 away win in Cape Verde on the first day of the qualifiers.
Four others; Benjamin Ochan, Isma Watenga, Denis Okot, and Muhammad Shaban formed the substitute’s bench.