Martyrs lost experience but raring to go
Uganda Martyrs High School (UMHS) Lubaga may be the only party to start the 2022/23 season with a dugout change.
Edward Sosa, who coached the boys' school team, was handed the board after Rogers Nkugwa's departure late last season.
Coaches who come from the men's game to the women's game have been frowned upon before, but there is limited evidence that shows they find it difficult to get by.
Kampala Queens brought Hamza Lutalo earlier this year and he finished second in the 2022 season. George Lutolo also joined the Crested Crane national team in 2021 and they participated in the first Africa Women's Cup of Nations since 2000 and also won the Cecafa women's championship for the first time.
Charles Ayekoh, working as an equal to Hassan Isi, simply led She Corporate to the zonal final of Champions League qualification in Tanzania.
“He (Ssozi) knows the players and has worked with our (women's) tech team in the past,” UMHS chief executive John Baptiste Semuju told the Daily Naijium, insisting the new coach will still have them competitive.
Ssoga has serious work on hand, but Semuju eased the pressure, calling the upcoming season a “period of reconstruction.”
UMHS was last season's top scorer with 32 goals and was in the title race until the last two games of the season.
Unfortunately, they leaked a lot – by the standards of the season – from behind having conceded 21 goals; it was nine more than She Corporate champions and eight more than Kampala Queens.
Even Olila Hai (15) and Uganda Christian University (18), who finished just below them, plus Tooro Queens (18) and She Maruns (20), who were eventually recalled for drawing one game too much, missed less.
At the start of the season, the teams exploited the inexperience and “stature” of Martyrs keeper Sharon Kaidu, but in the second half of the season, the side signed free agent Daisy Orderiro to stage a match in the title.
But The lack of match preparation in Nakagiro manifested itself in some games. Unfortunately, she has now moved to Kampala Queens after a commendable return to form with the national team in Tsekaf and Aukon.
Kaidu will return to the goal but will have to work with the new defense as Halima Cañago is expected to move to UCU while screen midfield Esther Naluimba has already settled in She Corporate.
Ahead, UMHS is crowded with options and has so far managed to discourage its players from the bar of the most experienced Anita Namata, whose move to She Corporate ahead of last month's zonal selection was just a bus stop on the way to Kenyan giants Vihiga Queens.