Sunday, September 24
•Ndejje University Vs Kaaro Karungi – Arena of Visions
•Calvary Vs Kigezi Homeboyz – Midigo
•Blacks Power Vs Onduparaka – Akii-bua Stadium
•Kyetume Vs Kiyinda Boys – Nakisunga Ssaza
Monday, September 25
•Police Vs Young Elephants – Kavumba
Tuesday, September 26
•Mbale Heroes Vs Kataka – Mbale Municipal
Mbale-based FUFA Big League side Kataka FC have confirmed their final squad for the 2023/24 season.
The 30-man group, that will be coached by Godfrey ‘Toldo’ Awachango, assisted by Martin Manana has five goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and eleven forwards.
19 of those are continuing with the club, while the remaining eleven are all newcomers. Together, they’ll combine to aim at hitting Lufumbi’s target, which is mainly qualification to the Uganda Premier League.
Kataka’s journey this season starts in a very high gear, with the highly anticipated Mbale City derby on Tuesday, 26th September – an old rivalry with Mbale Heroes will be renewed at Mbale Stadium that day.
For that game, and the other fixtures that’s I’ll follow, the club has prepared accordingly, having signed two new goalkeepers, Rajab Okoch and Ali Mugaya to boost the goalkeeping department that already had Solomon Okello, Willy Mapamba and Muzamir Nambobi.
The return of Joel Baba Onziku from Mbale Garage plus the arrival of Lazarus Ecaat and Imulla Okello will give Toldo more defensive options as he already has Stephen Namaisi, Hassan Wadenga, Tiff Kahandi and Noah Kizito.
The newly aquired midfielders are Herbert Katongole and Emmanuel Ocen, they’ll combine efforts with old guards Akram Munyolo, Swamad Okur, Lazarus Ocire, Muhammad Biafulo and Ronald Mwokye.
On the striking line, Kataka have added Michael Olinga, Richard Werikhe, Francis Mukasa and Edmond Wamboka.
They already had Latif Ssenkubuge, Nassur Nandala, Shakur Mafabi, Usama Khayemba, David Zaake and Markus Aka.
Versatile forward Emmanuel ‘Messi’ who is currently away in the US has also been listed as he’s still a registered player with the club, and can be utilised whenever available.
Meanwhile, Kataka will not be with some of their very important players from last season including Edward Kasibante, Edmond ‘Sizzo’ Otim, Derrick Onyai and Francis Odongo who all officially left to join other clubs.
Five of the Kataka players namely; Namaisi, Biafulo, Mwokye, Khayemba and Aka are double-licensed, allowing each one of them to be legible to play for Kataka and another team as provided for by FUFA in the recently updated regulations.