UPL’s Top Five Goalkeepers – The Safest Hands So Far

The first round of the Uganda Premier League (UPL), after 15 games for each one of the 16 teams has seen 23 different goalkeepers combine to keep 66 clean-sheets, in six different categories.

Three custodians have kept six clean-sheets each, two have managed five, another two have made four, while four managed three and upto six collected two while another six collected kept a clean-sheet each.

BUL’s Thomas Ikara, NEC’s Samson Kirya and SC Villa’s Norman Angufindru have all managed to keep a clean-sheet in the league six times so far this season, followed by Vipers’ youngster Jack Komakech and Maroons’ experienced custodian Hannington Ssebwalunyo with five each.

  1. Thomas Ikara – BUL (6)

On four of the six occasions, Ikara didn’t conceede any goal as BUL won with a slim one-goal margin; the goalkeeper kept a clean-sheet in the opener against Bright Stars, then against KCCA and URA and in the fierce Jinja derby against Busoga United.

He also kept his posts clean when the Eastern Giants beat Maroons and Wakiso Giants with three goals to nothing, respectively. With the goalkeeper’s consistency, it’s not so shocking that BUL currently lead the 16-team table with 33 points from 15 games.

  1. Samson Kirya – NEC (6)

New entrants NEC FC, with Samson Kirya as their number one choice in goal have secured a commendable seventh position on the table with 24 points so far.

Kirya was in goal and kept a clean-sheet six times as NEC registered wins against Mbarara City (1-0), Busoga (5-0), UPDF (2-0), KCCA (2-0), Maroons (1-0) and URA (2-0) respectively.

  1. Norman Angufindru – SC Villa (6)

Towering SC Villa goalkeeper Norman Angufindru, to the surprise of many has been a stand-out figure for the Jogoos this season, propelling them to the top five UPL positions with 26 points.

The former Onduparaka and Calvary custodian has been a regular in the Villa starting XI, keeping clean-sheets in the barren stalemates against Mbarara City and URA, and wins against NEC (3-0), Busoga (2-0) Gaddafi (1-0) and Wakiso (1-0).

  1. Jack Komakech – Vipers (5)

Before twisting his ankle (that has kept him out for the past four games), Jack Komakech was the most preferred choice in goal for Vipers as he started nine of the Venoms’ 11 league games he was available.

Komakech kept a clean-sheet as Vipers drew 0-0 away to Mbarara City, and the wins against Arua Hill (2-0), Bright Stars (2-0), Wakiso Giants (3-0) and UPDF (1-0). Vipers sit second on the 16-team UPL table with 30 points.

  1. Hannington Ssebwalunyo – Maroons (5)

It’s no surprise that Hannington Ssebwalunyo is on the top five of this list, his proficiency has inspired Maroons to the UPL top four with 28 points.

Ssebwalunyo made sure Maroons didn’t conceede any goal as the Prisons Warders secured vital wins against Wakiso Giants (3-0), Kitara (1-0), Express (1-0), Mbarara City (1-0) and Gaddafi (5-0).

Special mentions:

Wakiso Giants’ Bashir Ssekagya and Express’ Abdul Kimera have each kept four clean-sheets, while URA’s Dennis Otim, UPDF’s Yusuf Wasswa, Busoga’s Michael Lutaaya and Mbarara City’s Ronald Mutebi have each managed three clean-sheets.

Gaddafi’s Andrew Ssekandi, Kitara’s Chrispus Kusiima, Mbarara City’s Hakim Nsamba, Bright Stars’ Hassan Matovu, Express’s Abubakar Kalule and URA’s Rogers Omedwa have each kept two clean-sheets.

The other goalkeepers who have each kept a clean-sheet are KCCA’s Derrick Ochan, Kitara’s Farouk Yawe, Mbarara City’s Wycliffe Manja, NEC’s Michael Okiria, Vipers’ Fabien Mutombora and Arua Hill’s Richard Anyama.

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