Last week’s loss to Police FC 1-0 has not only dented Bunamwaya’s title credentials but showed that the players are disinterested as John Vianney Nsimbe writes
For a team that lost only twice last season, Bunamwaya’s five defeats already this season leave table-topping URA and second-placed KCC in another league.
However, Edward Golola, the Bunamwaya coach, insists they’re still within touching distance with 10 games left.
Injuries and player irregularity have in many ways contributed to the club’s meltdown. Saddam Juma, a star performer last season has been injury prone, while Tony Odur, last season’s best player and top-scorer with 19 goals has scored only thrice.
Others like Ronald Muganga, Edward Ssali, Habib Kavuma, Caesar Okhuti, Robert Kimuli and Andy Ssali have also carried injuries, limiting their contribution.
Worse, midfielder Owen Kasule is enduring a nightmare of a season, which reached its nadir when he missed the penalty that could have salvaged a point against Police. While the arrival of attacker Mike Serumagga was seen as a boosting move, his performances were below par too.
At this stage last season, Bunamwaya had scored 30 goals and conceded 11; this term, they have so far scored 14 and conceded 12.
It can be argued that the regression coincided with the club’s decision to withdraw the team from the Caf Champions League. One player, who preferred anonymity, says it was a let down by management after fighting hard to win the league title.
SC Villa suffered a similar fall from grace last season on the back of their withdrawal from the Caf Confederation Cup.
At one time the most influential club both financially and in terms of player contribution to the national teams, Bunamwaya has fallen on hard times and is struggling to cope with the new Super League board.
The club was also recently deducted three points for fielding an illegal player against Fire Masters FC.