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About the Uganda Premier League

The Uganda Premier League is the top division of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). The league was previously known as the ‘Uganda Super League’ but changed name in the 2014-15 season for brand and marketing purposes.

The league’s roots date back to 1968 when the National First Division League was established.

16 clubs make up the Uganda Premier League.

Original Concept of the League

The genesis of club football in Uganda was an idea copied from England by Balamaze Lwanga and Polycarp Kakooza. The objective was to improve Uganda’s performances in the Africa Cup of Nations after disappointing results in the finals in 1962 (fourth place finish) and 1968 (lost all three group stage matches), both held in Ethiopia. The intention was to start a Uganda National League (the forerunner of the Uganda Super League) to create the foundation for a strong national team. At the same time, the identification of players from the grassroots would be made easier and systematic.

Because there were no clubs to form a league, institutions and districts were contacted to form teams. The 1968 inaugural top flight league was composed of Prisons, Army, Coffee, Express, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, and Mbale.

There were three institutions and four districts and one club. The league was known as the National First Division League, and the first league champions were Prisons FC Kampala (now known as Maroons FC).

After four seasons, the political turbulence in Uganda impacted on the league. The 1972 and 1973 championship were not completed because of civil unrest. In 1974, the league became known as the National Football League and this title was used until 1982 when the league was trimmed to ten teams and was renamed the Super League (shortened to Super Ten in that inaugural season).

Previous winners

Performances by club

Club Previous names Settlement Titles Championship Seasons
SC Villa Nakivubo Boys
Nakivubo Villa
Kampala
16
1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2002–03, 2004
Kampala Capital City Authority FC Kampala City Council FC Kampala
11
1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Express FC Express Red Eagles Kampala
6
1974, 1975, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011–12
Uganda Revenue Authority SC Kampala
4
2006, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11
Maroons FC Prisons FC Kampala
2
1968–69, 1969
Simba FC Army Lugazi
2
1971, 1978
Vipers SC Bunamwaya SC Wakiso
2
2009–10, 2014–15
Coffee United SC Kakira
1
1970
Nile Breweries Jinja
1
1980
Police FC Jinja
1
2005
Uganda Commercial Bank FC Kampala
1
1979

Top scorers

Year Top scorers Team Goals
1968–69 Unknown
1969 Ali Kitonsa Express 36
1970 Unknown
1971 Polly Ouma Simba FC 18
1972 Unknown
1973 Joy Ssebuliba Lint FC 17*
1974 Peter Kirumira Express 14
1975 Chris Ddungu KCC FC 12
1976 John Ntesibe Express 22
1977 Denis Obua Uganda Police FC 24
1978 Jimmy Kirunda KCC FC 32
1979 Davis Kamoga KCC FC 18
1980 Davis Kamoga KCC FC 21
1981 Issa Ssekatawa Nytil FC 18
1982 Issa Ssekatawa Express 22
1983 Issa Ssekatawa Express 21
1984 Frank Kyazze KCC FC 18
1985 Frank Kyazze KCC FC 28
1986 Charles Letti Tobacco FC 29
1987 Majid Musisi SC Villa 28
1988 Mathias Kaweesa Nsambya FC 17
1989 Majid Musisi SC Villa 15
1990 Majid Musisi SC Villa 28
1991 Mathias Kaweesa Coffee United SC 18
1992 Majid Musisi SC Villa 29
Year Top scorers Team Goals
1993 Mathias Kaweesa SC Villa 20
1994 Adolf Bora Coffee United SC 21
1995 Ibrahim Kizito Uganda Electricity Board FC 20
1996 David Kiwanuka Uganda Electricity Board FC 21
1997 Jackson Mayanja
Charles Ogwang
KCC FC
Umeme FC
18
1998 Charles Kayemba SC Villa 18
1999 Andrew Mukasa SC Villa 45
2000 Andrew Mukasa SC Villa 27
2001 Hassan Mubiru Express 27
2002 Hassan Mubiru Express 22
2002–03 Hassan Mubiru Express 16
2004 David Kiwanuka
Robert Ssentongo
Uganda Revenue Authority SC
Simba FC
10
2005 Martin Muwanga
Geoffrey Sserunkuma
Police FC
KCC FC
8
2006 Dan Walusimbi Police FC 15
2006–07 Hamis Kitagenda Uganda Revenue Authority SC 20
2007–08 Brian Umony
Olobo Bruno
KCC FC
Police FC
15
2008–09 Peter Ssenyonjo Police FC 22
2009–10 Unknown
2010–11 Diego Hamis Kiiza Uganda Revenue Authority SC 14
2011–12 Robert Ssentongo Uganda Revenue Authority SC 13
2012–13 Herman Wasswa SC Villa and KCC FC 20
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