19 February 2013

Uganda: Buffaloes Set Sights On Taking Second Position

Fast-rising Toyota Buffaloes are on a roll after three consecutive wins and could overtake Dmark Kobs with a win over Impis today, writes Felix Eupal.

Prior to the start of the season, Buffaloes lost six key players pivotal in their outstanding 2012 season in which they finished fourth. It was their best ever position in the league. These include Phillip Wokorach, Allan Okello, Jamil Nyango, Norman Lumu, Ivan Mugerwa, Henry Musisi connected to Summerkamp.

To fill the voids, they turned to feeder side Sheraton Stallions, where they shopped Solomon Okia, Paul Masindi, Kevin Keremundu and Robert Kafeero. They also added Emmanuel Ogwang from Impis and Arthur Ngolobe from Heathens.

The new breed has turned the club into just not league spoilers, but title contenders, at least for now. Buffaloes have won their first three league fixtures and look odds-on favourites to beat Impis. Head coach Andrew Owor explains the key to their early success: "We have a young squad who are hungry for a title, and are willing to try out every position."

Experience has also made this team stand out. In veteran Robert Seguya, he has provided the right leadership by example on the pitch. Owor says: "He [Seguya] is a great force in the team guiding the players and helps them to avoid mistakes."

So far, the club has averaged 38 points per game and conceded 14. This afternoon, they go up against minnows Impis side at Kyadondo Rugby ground with the assurance that a win will see them leapfrog Dmark Kobs into second position on the table for the first time in the club's seven-year history.

Impis has not won a single game this season having fallen to Kobs, Heathens and Pirates. On that backdrop, Buffaloes hope to get a big score which will boast their points tally.

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