Featured Image: Juma Balinya in action against URA FC at Lugogo
Juma Balinya collected his golden boot and Sh1M from Uganda Premier League offices in Namboole on Monday.
The forward, who received a National team call up, bags the accolade after an individual successful campaign that saw him score 19 league goals.
His tally was raced up by an hat-trick he scored against Paidha Black angels plus three braces each against Mbarara City, SC Villa and Onduparaka FC.
He came three goals better than Bright Stars’ fast striker Nelson Ssenkatuka who scored five on the final day to finish with 16 goals.
Last season’s top scorer Dan ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma (Vipers) managed 12 goals, five less than last season’s tally.
Balinya’s goals, which mostly came a result of beautiful run of play, helped Police FC finish 11th with 37 points. Abdullah Mubiru’s charges scored 48 goals in total and conceded 48.
The striker is rumoured to have played his last game for the Peace Keepers in a loss to Mbarara City FC at Kakyeka amidst interest from Wakiso Giants, becomes the sixth Police FC player to win the gong.
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Balinya had stints with Kampala Kids League in his youth career. He has played for Lweza, AS Port and Vipers too.
Before Balinya, Peter Ssenyonjo was the last Police FC player to win the boot after scoring 22 in the 2008/9 campaign where Police FC totalled 58 goals to come sixth on the table.
Denis Obua (RIP) was the first Police FC player to win the boot when he collected 24 goals in 1997.
Martin Muwanga had just eight, joint with KCCA’s Geoffrey Sserunkuma, and his tally was just enough for Police FC to win their only league crown.
Dan Walusimbi had 15 goals in 2006 when Police FC finished second below Champions URA FC by 10 points. Bruno Olobo also repeated the same tally the following season, level with KCCA’s Brian Umony.
2018/19 Top scorers Chats
- Juma Balinya (Police FC) – 19 goals
- Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars) – 16
- Patrick Kaddu (KCCA) – 14
- Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa) – 13
- Joel Madondo (Kirinya Jinja) – 13
- Dan Sserunkuma (Vipers) – 12
- Mike Mutyaba (KCCA) – 10
- Allan Kayiwa (Tooro United) – 10