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Selling players

Chris Otim/Twenty Ten

Ugandan clubs growing through the sale of players.

Location: Kampala, Uganda

In the past decade, Ugandan Clubs were successful in that they enjoyed a big fan base and reached far on the continent. In 1992, Ugandan Record League winners, SC Vila, reached the Africa Club Championships final, now known as the CAF Champions League.

Three years later, Express FC made the CAF Champions League semi-final where Tunisian side, Esperence, ended their amazing run.

City side, Kampala City Council (KCC FC), reached the 1997, CAF Cup semifinals.

Now, with local clubs not enjoying continental success any more, and with a dwindling fan base, yet they need to survive, they have now taken the trend of acting as feeder clubs for mostly South African and North African Clubs. These clubs are using the revenue from the sale of their star players to build club structures, pay allowances as well as compete favourably, since soccer in Uganda is not that Lucrative.

KCC FC, last year earned US$50,000, an equivalent of 100 million Uganda shillings, through the sale of Brian Umony to South African Premier League side, Super Sport United. Umony joined another Ugandan goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, who had left SC Villa a couple of years earlier.

Umony joins a host of Ugandan players who ply their trade in the Premier League in South Africa.

KCC has now benefited from the sale of Ibrahim Sekajja, who now turns out for Austrian League Champions Red Bulls Salzburg. KCC’s most recent benefit, is the move of Defender Asuman Buyinza to the Vietnamese...

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