The 8 new signings that have impressed so far in Uganda Premier League

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Nelson Senkatuka

The Uganda Premier League might just be in its ninth round for most clubs, but the season is already taking shape.

Things look contrasting in comparison last season with Police finding themselves top of the table whilst Kirinya Jinja SS and Onduparaka have also been impressive so far.

Out of the several players that were signed in the window, there are so many players that have impressed but who have been more impressive than others?

Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga picks his best new signings so far.

Nicholas Ssebwato (Onduparaka)

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Nicholas Sebwato

The Caterpillars landed Sebwato at the start of the season and there were doubts over the lanky custodian following underwhelming spells since he came to the scene.

However, the former SC Villa, KCCA and Bright Stars goalie has adequately filled the hole left by Alionzi Nafian after many years at Green Light stadium.

Sebwato has been fantastic between the sticks for Leo Adraa’s side and has kept seven clean sheets in nine appearances.

Steven Mugisha (Police)

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Steven Mugisha

A shoddy window of recruitment contributed to Police’s poor start to last season, so the Cops understandably were keen to avoid similar mistakes in the previous window. Former Proline and Ndejje midfielders Gift Ali and Albert Mugisa have so far done well but Steven Mugisha has far proved to be a good value.

Capable of playing in a number of positions, the central defender has shown class in the way he defends so far. He is strong, powerful, good game reader and an efficient passer.

It’s no surprise that the Cops desire to build from the back often starts with him.

Tito Okello (KCCA)

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Tito Okello shoots at goal during KCCA’s game against Masavu at Lugogo on Saturday

Since his arrival at Lugogo, the lanky centre forward has stolen the headlines, scoring four goals in eight games for KCCA in the Premier League. The club’s summer signing has made a genuine impact for the club.

The forward has proved many doubters wrong by showing that he can handle the pressure of the league and has more goals (two) than arguably the league’s best centre forward, Derrick Nsibambi.

Okello has certainly lived up to the hype and has certainly been impressive in the League so far.

Hamza Muwonge (Bright Stars)

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Hamza Muwonge

In an interview with Daily Monitor, he admitted he pondered retirement but depending on his performances, that would have been a big mistake.

Muwonge is a veteran custodian that has rejuvenated his career at the Kawempe based side and is responsible for the brilliant form Fred Kajoba’s side is enjoying.

He has kept over five clean sheets in eight league outings so far and if he continues like that, he will be in the running for the golden glove.

Nicholas Kasozi (SC Villa)

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Nicholas Kasozi

It was hardly a shock when SC Villa came knocking for former Synergy FC dynamo Nicholas Kasozi at the end of last season.

Did anybody really have any doubts that he would make it at Villa Park after completing his controversial move? An absolute no-brainer of a signing for Wasswa Bbosa and the Blues.

He has brought calmness in the midfield and has helped improve the form of Abel Eturude.

Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers)

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Vipers’ Tony Odur, Milton Karisa and Tadeo Lwanga.

Most SC Villa fans were sad to see Taddeo Lwanga leave Villa Park after two years with the 16-time champions, especially after the midfielder had an impressive season helping the Jogoos finish second.

Since joining Vipers, the former SC Villa captain has been deployed in front of the back four by Portuguese Miguel Da Costa and its worked wonders.

The FUFA player of the Year 2017 nominee has already earned plaudits from the Vipers faithful and is among the Venoms captains.

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Allan Kyambadde battles for possession against Vipers

Allan Kyambadde (SC Villa)

Kyambadde joined SC Villa from rivals Express FC and the attacking midfielder has put in steady performances in midfield.

Wasswa Bbosa managed the player at Express and brought in the midfielder to play in the left, right or central attacking midfield.

The former league MVP offers pace and creativity and is familiar with the kind of system Bbosa likes to follow.

Kyambadde has already proven to be an effective player for the Jogoos as he hit the ground running with a goal and impressive performances in the eight games played so far.

He was very notable in the 2-1 win over KCCA that ended a five year wait without beating the Kasasiro.

He has become a notable addition to an attack that appears lacking especially the centre forwards.

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Nelson Senkatuka has scored four goals so far

Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars)

Bright Stars signed Nelson Senkatuka (probably on loan) from Hope Doves after another good year at Proline and has so far proven to be worth every penny that the club paid (if any) for him.

Senkatuka has had a sensational start to his Bright Stars career with four goals and is among the three leading goal scorers in the campaign.

The pace that Senkatuka provides in the final third, adds quality to the Bright Stars attack, a team known to be defensive.

The former KCCA attacker could very well prove to be Bright Stars’ best signing since Mathias Kigonya.

Daniel Sserunkuma celebrates one of his three goals this season

Dan Sserunkuma (Express FC)

Few attacking signings have taken the league by storm this term but Dan Sserunkuma has undoubtedly impressed since signing on the dotted line at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku.

Sserunkuma is in his stint at Express after enjoying spells in Kenya and Morocco and has so far netted three goals for the Red Eagles.