“Vipers never came here to play.. They targeted our legs,” KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi set the tone for the season after falling to his rivals in the Pilsner Super Eight final at Wankulukuku.
The UPL season which will probably be remembered for its anticlimax, provided a lot of drama on and off the pitch.
And below, we look at the top 10 quotes of the 2019/20 UPL season.
But before, here is a look at the two honourable mentions:
“I am not Jesus so I can’t see in future,”
From the producers of “Vitz Vs Subaru,” Coach George Ssimwogerere returned in part two. His remarks were response when asked about his season targets after Express had collected just one point from first two games.
“You know what happens when you play Vipers here, its always terrible. They get the favors and you all saw what the referee did.
“We never got a penalty when their defender handled the ball in the box,”
Steven Bengo, in his first game in charge as Wakiso Giants interim coach, was animated on the touchline and gave the media some good quotes to take home when he criticised Vipers and referee William oloya.
Let’s get to the business, shall we?
“I have to blame the centre referee, his officiating was not perfect as you all witnessed.
“He was biased to the fact that someone was booked twice and continued to play. He spoilt the game,”
Tooro United assistant coach Sam Kawalya didn’t mince his words after loss to Vipers. He directed his attacks to referee Brian Miiro, gave Vipers’ Farouk Musisi a second yellow card but let the player remain on the pitch before he was reminded by fourth official Ali Sabila. A season back at the same ground, Tooro coach Bbosa made the famous remarks of “we wasted our chances but referee got one and used it.”
“Let us ask our selves, why when I left, the team started training inside the stadium yet I have been conducting trainings out side, the food has been too bad, 76 days without players transport allowances and three months without salary. But now they are all sorted!!!!!! Why??
“Express cannot move forward when it still has untouchable group of people, and any time they will turn against Bbosa because for them they are aiming at leadership.”
George Ssimwogerere blamed Express FC CEO Hamza Junju.
“I arrived late in the morning and the team bus had already left,” Mutebi confessed on Thursday.
“I never fulfilled the obligations, and I am ready to serve any punishment given to me by the club but that will be internal.”
Mike Mutebi confesses and take the blame for missing the Mbarara game.
“We won by one goal and didn’t concede which is good for the players and fans. We have won two games in a row at home and teams must come prepared for us,”
Wakiso Giants coach Kefa Kisala after beating Tooro United 1-0. He warned next opponents. What happened next? Kefa collected just one point in the next three games – a draw to Bright Stars and back to back losses against BUL and Onduparaka
“Our opponents played a lot of negative football… they were just looking for fouls to fall, falling every where every time to be bedridden all the time which was unfortunate because it clearly tells you that they had no any belief in themselves.
“Having gone up they would still have believed in themselves but its surprising that even when they took the lead they couldn’t feel the match.”
“They were poor tactically, everyone was falling down everywhere even without any a foul which is barely lack of tactics and for them they fouled us instead, kicking us every time, every where and that’s why they got a red card which justify what am talking about,”
Maroons coach Douglas Bamweyana after the 2-1 loss, was annoyed by Proline’s tactics at Luzira.
“UPL should stop postponing our matches with fake reasons. They should stick to doing the right things. We have 28 registered players, sending a few of those to the national team doesn’t mean that we don’t have enough on us to play.”
“We have insisted on various times to play some of our games including the one against Maroons, but UPL went on to postpone them.
“They (UPL) get the calendar in time, but fail to plan for these clubs accordingly. I can give you an example – about five UPL players were summoned for AFCON qualifiers, but we all know realistically that none may make the final selection, but UPL may go one to postpone league games because of that,”
It has to be Mike Mutebi. His verbal attack to UPL deserves no caption.
“We are going to play better this second round, that I can assure you. We had many problems in the first round and Kakembo was one of them,”
Ssimbwa took jibe at former CEO Ivan Kakembo after beating SC Villa 2-0. He said that Kakembo was part of the problems which led to team’s average performance in the first round of the league.
“We want to help you manage your games and we will be paying you heavily for it. We are working with other clubs in the league.
“For example, for the Tooro game, if you allow to be beaten 3-0 in the first half we will give you $10,000 (Shs37m),”
Onduparaka head of Marketing and communications Mercy Grace Manduru revealed to Daily Monitor that the Caterpillars were approached by a fixer who called their chairman requesting the club to fix the league games.
“I kept my self what took them so long to give me a job… So, on 1st January 2020, I went to Bugonga church, knelt down and prayed to mother Mary to tell Mr Mulindwa to give me the Vipers head coach job. And here I am being unveiled. I am sure Dr Mulindwa will not sack me like he has done to so many coaches,”
Fred Kajoba told the media that he prayed to Mother Mary for the job.
“For any professional coach you can’t change your first team with minutes to kickoff but because of rumors of betting we had to do so.
“We have a number of challenges with us and one of them is match fixing.
“I can give you a reference of many games we lost, even today we conceded a stupid goal but as a coach I have no control about that.”
“It (Match-Fixing) is happening, that’s the fact and I can’t deny it and whenever I get information about it prior to the game, we end up conceding stupid goals.”
“This is like the third time we are getting information about this and we end up conceding in the first minutes.”
Tooro Coach Mohammed Kisekka let the cat out of the bag after his loss to SC Villa. FUFA later summoned the coach, and he was later sacked!