Sports

Following the huge debate generated by my Cranes all-time best 11 [Issue 74 December 7 - 9, 2009], several people have come up with their own versions of who deserves to be on the list. I sampled the thoughts of former Cranes stars, who are the best positioned on the issue – and here are each individual’s opinion.
Jimmy Bakyayita Ssemugabi (Midfielder 1950s-1960s):

Because of different generations allow me to give you more than one player in each position. However, a player like Magid Musisi was exceptional because he was not only talented but two-footed with powerful headers plus being the first Ugandan player to play professional football in Europe.

1. Joseph Masajjage (John Agadi) 2. Edward Ssemwanga (Edward Semambo, Ben Kasozi) 3. Joseph Mabirizi 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Owinyi Mananse (Francis Jogo & Jimmy Kirunda), Ibrahim Dafala 6. Sam Sebbowa & Parry Okech 7. Baker Kasigwa (John Dibya & Stanley Mubiru) 8. Moses Nsereko (Mathew Lucha, David Otti, John Kaddu and George Sutuma) 9. Magid Musisi (Gulemye Kalibbala, Gilbert Seruwagi, John Bunyenyezi, Ali Kitonsa, Issa Sekatawa,  Abdul Magid-& Miriandua 10. Jimmy Sewava, Erias Parma, Alifonse Temaliggwe, Owiti, Ronald Vvubya 11. Denis Obua (Kalibbala).

Jackson Mayanja (midfielder 1988-2000)

It’s difficult to list the first eleven and leave myself out because it’s rare to see an attacking midfielder who could compete with strikers in goal scoring but because Omondi was exceptional I give away the number 10 position to him.  Others like Paul Hasule, Peter Mazinga, Charles Masiko, Issa Sekatawa, Obadia Semakula, Paul Nkata, George Otto, Steven Bogere and Denis Obua were also good but can’t make the greatest team.

1. Paul Ssali 2. John Latigo 3. Richard Mugalu  4. Tom Lwanga  5. Jimmy Kirunda  6. Mike Kiganda  7. Moses Sentamu 8 Moses Nsereko 9. Magid Musisi 10. Phillip Omondi, 11. Godfrey Kateregga

Sam Kabugo (Defender 1987-1995)

There were several players of the 60s and 70s generation who played good football but I had no chance to see them even though Omondi and Kateregga were exceptional.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Paul Hasule 3. Richard Mugalu 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Mathew Lucha 7. Peter Mazinga 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Magid Musisi 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Godfrey Kateregga.

David Otti (Coach & midfielder 1960-1970)

It’s difficult to pick the best eleven, unless you group these players according to generations. However let me pick those who might have excelled better than others but I won’t include myself.

1. John Agadi & Joseph Masajjage 2. Rasco Kasozi 3. Joseph Mabirizi 4. Moses Wabwai 5. Francis Jogo 6.Sam Ssebowa  7. Baker Kasigwa 8. John Kaddu 9. Polly Ouma 10. Jimmy Sewava 11. Denis Obua

Asumani Lubowa (DEFENDER 1978-79)

It’s not easy to pick the best eleven but I will stick to only the players I saw or I played with.

1. Joseph Masajjage 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Ashe Mukasa 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Godfrey Kisitu 7. John Ddibya 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Polly Ouma 10. Swalley Wasswa and 11.Godfrey Kateregga.

Mike Mutebi (Defender 1992-1993)

I didn’t see Polly Ouma in action but from what I was told, he was awesome. However, I managed to see Omondi and I regard him the best player ever.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Paul Hasule 3. Richard Mugalu 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Moses Ndaula 7. Steven Bogere 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Polly Ouma 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Denis Obua.

George Ssimwogerere (Defender  1992-2000)

I’m going to stick to players whose strengths and weaknesses I witnessed on the pitch and those are the ones I played with.
1. Mike Mukasa  2. Paul Hasule 3. Adam Semugabi 4. William Nkemba 5. George Ssimwogerere 6. Paul Nkata 7. Sam Ssimbwa 8. Jackson Mayanja 9. Magid Musisi 10. Fred Tamale 11. Enock Kyembe.

Tom Lwanga (Defender 1975-1986)

There were a couple of players like Ben Kasozi, Joseph Mabirizi, Denis Obua, Ibrahim Dafala, John Ddibya, Ali Kitonsa, John Semanobe, Polly Ouma and Alex Oundo who were equally good but my best 11 will always be the team that played at the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Sam Musenze 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Mike Kiganda 7. Abbey Nasur 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Godfrey Kisitu 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Barnabas Mwesiga.

Mathew Lucha (Midfielder 1979-1985)

To me the following players were my best, though I can’t name myself.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Ashe Mukasa 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Francis Kulabigwo 7. Stanley Mubiru (Tanker) 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Polly Ouma 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Dennis Obua.

Jimmy Kirunda (Defender 1968-1982)

I have seen and played with so many good players but here’s is my best 11.

1. Joseph Masajjage 2. Edward Ssemwanga 3. Richard Mugalu 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Tom Lwanga 6. Mike Kiganda 7. John Ddibya 8. Ronald Vvubya 9. Polly Ouma 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Godfrey Kateregga.

Sam Ssimbwa (Right winger 1989-1994)

The fact is that Phillip Omondi is Uganda’s greatest player ever and I only compare him to only Diego Maradona.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Paul Hasule 3. Richard Mugalu 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Moses Nsereko 7. Stanley Mubiru 8. Phillip Omondi 9. Magid Musisi 10. Issa Sekatawa 11. Godfrey Kateregga.

Jimmy Muguwa (Striker 1977-1985)

He named his best Cranes side ever in early 1980s.
1. John Agadi 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Joseph Onziga 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Francis Kulabigwo 7. John Dibya 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Polly Ouma 10. Swalley Wasswa 11. Dennis Obua.

Phillip Omondi RIP (STRIKER 1973-1987)

He was asked to name his side in early 1980s and came up with the following;
1. Joseph Masajjage 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Ashe Mukasa 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Francis Kulabigwo 7. John Dibya 8. Parry Oketch 9. Polly Ouma 10. Swalleh Wasswa 11. Denis Obua

Moses Ndaula (Midfielder 1979-1985)

He named his best Cranes side in early 1980s.

1. Paul Ssali 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Ashe Mukasa 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6. Mike Kiganda 7. Stanley Mubiru 8. Timothy Ayieko 9. Abbey Nasur 10. Barnabas Mwesiga 11. Denis Obua.

Fred Mukasa (Left winger 1979-1986)

He was asked to name his best Cranes eleven ever in early 1982 and he came out with the following;

1. Joseph Masajjage 2. Eddie Ssemwanga 3. Ashe Mukasa 4. Tom Lwanga 5. Ibrahim Dafala 6. Timothy Ayieko 7. Stanley Mubiru 8. Moses Nsereko 9. Polly Ouma 10. Phillip Omondi 11. Denis Obua.

Moses Nsereko RIP (Midfielder 1973-1982)

He was once asked to pick his best Cranes side ever before his death in 1991.

1. Joseph Masajjage 2. John Latigo 3 Sam Musenze 4. Ahmed Doka 5. Jimmy Kirunda 6.Parry Okech 7. John Dibya 8. Alex Oundo 9. Phillip Omondi 10. Swalley Wasswa 11. Dennis Obua.

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0 #1 The Ugandan... 2010-01-05 01:06
All these guys were great in their own right but one thing strikes me.

While many have Phillip Omondi on their team, someone like David Otti does not. This is club politics at it's best.

Phillip was such a class act that he didn't add himself to his list of the top 11.

BTW, could you shed more light on who Swalley Wasswa was/is?
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