Uganda Premier League side, Police FC, are in quest for a place where to host their home games for the 2019/20 season which is expected to kickoff in September.
The club will NOT host their home games at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo, it is now confirmed.
Club President AIGP Asan Kasingye confirmed that they are weighing on two options and a communication on where they will play their home games will be made in less than two weeks.
Police FC won seven, lost five and drew three of the 15 league games they hosted at Lugogo last season.
It should be noted that they shifted to Lugogo from Namboole at the start of last season citing congestion after SC Villa had joined URA from Masaka.
The Available Options
St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
Police FC is expected to host games at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende, the home of Vipers.
The new state of the art refurbished stadium has an astro turf which was the case at Lugogo.
However, Vipers President and owner of St Mary’s Stadium, Lawrence Mulindwa hinted that his stadium will not be available for hire.
However, Police FC is expected to table a pleasing offer which may tempt Mukindwa.
Also, there is a good working relationship between the two clubs, highlighted by the recent transfers with Paul Willa the latest to move from Police to Vipers.
Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku
The stadium, owned by the Buganda Kingdom is the home of Express FC.
With Express FC expected to move to a new home midway next season, the Kops may seek to take advantage of the situation.
It should be remembered that Wankulukuku has been able to house two clubs in recent seasons, with Nyamityobora the latest to use the stadium as home ground with Express. Lweza also hosted games at this stadium before getting relegated two seasons back.
However, the poor playing surface at Wankulukuku may not suit Abdullah Mubiru’s playing style, hence a turnoff.
Kavumba Recreation Centre
No team will be hosting games at Kavumba next season, as of now. Hence this may attract Police’s attention.
The stadium was used by Mbarara City in the first round before returning home to Kakyeka Stadium.
This was a home ground for Soana FC (now Tooro United) before the side moved to Buhinga in Fort portal.
It should be remembered that Police hosted three games briefly at Kavumba before confirming Namboole and a return is on the plates.
Other options include Wakisha Resource centre which will house Wakiso Giants. There is a good working relationship between Wakiso Giants and Police FC and this might be a big factor.
Also, a move to join Bright Stars at Champions Stadium in Mwererwe may be considered.
Call For Fans
The club launched its strategic plan and a new logo on Thursday at a glamorous function held at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala.
During the event, AIGP Kasingye showed his discontent to the police officials who refuse to watch the club’s games.
“We have 45000 police officers, how do we issue out 20 tickets on matchday? Kasingye noted with anger. “Everyone not on duty must have to watch the team’s games so as these boys get the motivation.”
The passionate football fan, also reaffirmed the club’s plans to build their home stadium and become the best in the country.
“We are going to have the best stadium in the country. All these things are possible, its a matter of burning the midnight candle.
“We should be able to be number one. I assure all of you that we shall be number one in this country.”
Other club’s plans include – Improve the club’s financial position, foster a friendly and inclusive environment for career development of players, building a fan base, compete and win at the highest level, and establish a professional administrative system.