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Part Two: Uganda Clubs and the Origin of their Nicknames

Here is the sequel to the earlier part where we look at the Uganda clubs and the origin of their nicknames.

Check part one here

Onduparaka FCThe Carterpilars

The club was formed in 2011 in Arua by Joel Erema and Benjamin Nyakuni who had just graduated from Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

After a year playing without an official team name, they renamed themselves Onduparaka a small area in Arua. The name Onduparaka means ‘Sorghum stalk’, as sorghum is very common in the said area of origin.

The biggest threat faced by this Sorghum in the region were the pests of Caterpillars that used to eat everything green.

The Caterpillars, despite being very small in size, were ‘destroyers’.

Onduparaka FC faithfuls repeatedly referenced themselves as the destroyers, and hence the birth of the nickname ‘The Caterpillars’.

KCCA FCThe Kasasiro Boys (Garbage Collectors)

KCCA FC is one of the most successful clubs in the region and their 13 league titles, plus a group stage berth in the lucrative group stages in CAF Champions League speaks volumes.

The team was founded on April 12, 1963 by Samuel Wamala (RIP) who headed Kampala City Council’s Sewage Works section.

The club has seen it’s name transform from KCC FC to KCCA FC in line with the Authority (read KCCA).

The Authority is the governing body of the City of Kampala on behalf of the central government.

One of the roles of the authority is to ensure the cleanliness of the city through garbage collection among others, and it’s where the nickname of the club was derived from.

A man with boots and spade (collecting garbage) can be seen in KCCA FC’s logo.

Bright Stars FCThe Stars

Founded in 1997 as Bright Stars FC, they nicknamed themselves ‘The Stars’ which is identical and match their official name.

In the beginning: Bright Stars FC team that earned promotion. Courtesy

The club wanted to keep shining, according to a top official at the club.

They have not disappointed anyway, having won the Kawempe Division two league (2010), Kawempe Division one league (2011), Kampala Regional league (2012) and FUFA Big League (2013) enroute to UPL.

They defied odds when they made an impressive run to Uganda Cup in 2019 including upsetting record holders Express FC in the semis before falling to Proline FC in penalty shootouts in finals held in Masaka.

Read – Wakiso Giants promoted

Wakiso GiantsThe Purple Sharks

The current club came into official existence in June 2018 but it’s history can be traced way back from Artland Katale in 2009.

Katale, owned by Muhammad Bazirengedde was sold off and it changed to Kamuli Park which competed in Eastern Regional league before joining FUFA Big league.

Then came magnate Musa ‘Atagenda’ Ssebulime who bought Kamuli Park at a fee which is reported to be Sh100M and brought the club back in central region, renaming it Wakiso Giants.

It’s nickname however may have nothing to do with its transformation over the years.

Head of Corporate affairs at the club Ismael Kiyonga says that they went for uniqueness and something scary but not on land as most African teams are nicknamed after animals or birds.

They eventually zeroed down on Sharks, a type of fish. The club colours are purple and hence ‘The Purple Sharks.’

Maroons FCMbili Mbili

The club was formed in 1965 and won the two editions of UPL in 1968 and 1969.

From competing on the continent to suffering their first relegation in 1987, Maroons has been oscillating between the top and second division since then.

The team is also known as Prisons Football club because it’s owned by Uganda Prisons, an organ that provides safe custody of offenders (prisoners) through correctional programmes.

In prison (read Luzira), the inmates are counted in twos (Mbili Mbili) and that’s where the nickname was derived from.

In press, the club has been referred to as ‘Prison warders’ – The high-ranking officials who oversee efficient operations in the Prisons.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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