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Apart from financially powerful Nalubaale FC, all last season's promoted teams Ediofe Hills (Northern), CRO (Eastern), Biharwe (Western) and Maroons (Kampala) were relegated. DAVID LUMU & CHARLES SEBUGWAWO weigh the new entrants' ability to stave off relegation.

Mbarara United (Western)
It's hard to imagine that Mbarara United is one of the pioneers of Super League football having participated in the inaugural 1969 league. The team went on to participate seven more times and last played topflight football in 2003.

Financed by club members and the Mbarara municipal town council, CEO Abdu Kyambadde reckons the club has a reliable base to compete favourably. And unlike the past when naturalized Congolese dominated the first team, the team is now comprised by mainly student players from the region. Their inspiration is veteran Adam Yiga who hasn't abandoned them for ten years.

Having lost out to Biharwe last season, Mbarara kicked off the western region mini league with a 3-0 romp of Kasese United before edging Kirinze 1-0. In the next round, they humbled Fort Hill 6-1 to qualify for the knock-out stage where they edged past Bunyaruguru 1-0. Their 1-0 semi-final win over Horizon  is still contested but FUFA allowed them to go ahead with the final in which they defeated Kasese Young 1-0 to qualify.
Relegation possibility: 9/10, qualification still in balance

Sharing (Kampala)
Sharing has been around since 1989, but has mainly been confined to playing sub-county football. A missionary team under the Catholic Church, Sharing is joining the Super League for the first time having enjoyed a rollercoaster ride of upsets.

Wandegeya FC was their first scalp before draws against Front Page and Wembley. They edged past Baza Holdings 4-3 on penalties to set up a quarterfinal date with Mutundwe Lions which they beat 2-0. A tight 2-1 win over Kisugu United in the semis paved way for a resounding 2-0 upset over Jogoo Young in the final.
Relegation possibility: 9/10, lack a can-do attitude.

Bugerere (Buganda)
Starting out in 1998 as Kayunga Police, the team changed name to Bugerere FC in 2004.
Nurtured by FUFA delegate Saziri Mayanja, Bugerere credits much of its success to coach Badru Sentongo.
Entebbe Young suffered their wrath in a one-sided 4-0 win and followed it up with a 2-0 triumph over Bombo United. Next was Kakuuto (2-1), then Mukono United (5-4 on penalties), after which KB Lions (3-0) before overcoming Masaka United 1-0 in the final.
They've already shown promise with the signing of Ausi Kaaya from KCC, Moses Okello and Jamil Malyamungu (both from Simba), as well as Sula Lwanga formerly of Police.
Relegation possibility: 7/10, they've got influential people in FUFA

Youfra (Northern)
For the first time, Lira will have two teams in the league after Youfra joined Boroboro.
Ironically, Youfra started out in 2004 as a leisure team participating in Bull competitions until they pooled together talents from Gulu, Lira and Soroti to form a competitive team.
Financed by a few individuals, Youfra is said to be in poor financial position to compete favourably with the big boys.

After winning Zone Three, Youfra eased past Bomak with a 2-0 victory and completely obliterated Senke 8-1 in the semis to set up a mouthwatering final with favourites Arua Central, winning 1-0 to book a place in the league.
Relegation possibility: 9.5/10, Poor financial state and high costs of travelling for away matches.

Kakira FC (Eastern)
The Jinja-based team, formed in 1979, has appeared in the 2000 and 2005 Super Leagues, both ending with relegation but hope it will be third time lucky. 

Coached by veteran Timothy Ayiekho, the majority of players are employees of Kakira Sugar Works, which also bankrolls the team.
Kakira blends both the old and new generations with old-timer George Mawa manning the rear-guard as Joseph Ariko of St. Mary's Kitende leads the attack.

They had a scrappy march to the Super League; a narrow 1-0 win over Namunasa was followed by two draws against Mbale Heroes and Roliama SS before marching past Madrid 5-4 in post-match penalties.

Yet again, spot-kicks came to their rescue in the semis against Bugiri Stars (4-2) before besting Jinja Municipal 2-1in the final.
Kakira becomes the second Jinja-based team in the League after Victors FC.
Relegation possibility: 6/10, they've got the money and the fans


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