2019/20 Premier League team of the season

29Jul 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
2019/20 Premier League team of the season

THE curtain has come down on the 2019/20 Vodacom Premier League (VPL) season, it is time to create the team of the season from the past year.

Yanga midfielder, Deus Kaseke (L), negotiates his way past Kagera Sugar fullback, David Luhende, in the 2020 Federation Cup quarterfinal game, which was played in Dar es Salaam early this month. Yanga won 2-1. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

There have been plenty of impressive individual performers and that is what made this campaign interesting yet again. Here is my pick for team of the season in a 4-4-2 formation:

Goalkeeper: Aishi Manula (Simba)

Aishi Manula came under heavy criticism at the beginning of the season which saw him axed from the senior national team, but for the fifth season in a row he kept more clean sheets than any of his peers (18).

Biashara United’s youngster Daniel Mgore deserves an honorable mention for racking 17 clean sheets in his top flight debut season.

Right-Back: Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC)

In a fairly underwhelming campaign for Azam FC, Ugandan right-back Nicholas Wadada was one of their few bright spots.

He contributed with one goal and eight assists for Azam FC in the league, in the process also maintaining his place in the Uganda senior national team, the Cranes.

Honourable mentions: Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Hance Masoud (Coastal Union)

Centre-Back: Pascal Wawa (Simba)

His timing and sharpness all look like they have deserted him with age but he is still a class apart from his peers in the way he is comfortable with the ball at his feet. While ‘to whom it may concern’ clearances are still the norm in VPL, Wawa stands out in the way he helps Simba  build up from the back.

Honourable mentions: Lamine Moro, Bakari Mwamnyeto.

Centre-Back: Yakubu Mohamed (Azam FC)

He stands out for his all-round defensive excellence. A modern ball playing centre back with the needed physicality.

He missed the last 10 matches of the campaign due to travel restrictions enforced in Ghana after the Coronavirus pandemic breakout but his performances warrant him a place in the team of the season.

Left-Back: David Luhende (Kagera Sugar)

As well as racking up an impressive five assists, David Luhende played every league game this season for Kagera Sugar.

Honourable mentions: Mohamed Hussein (Simba), Ally Juma (KMC FC)

Central Midfield: Jonas Mkude

You are allowed to fault him for being reluctant to do the dirty work but he remains the best holding midfielder in the league. Gerson Fraga Vieira might possess the strength and intelligence needed for a physical battle but Mkude remains the driving force in midfield for the League champions. He contributed two assists and two goals.

Central Midfield: Clatous Chama ( Simba)

This season, the Zambian international once again showed why he is regarded as one of the imports in the Premier League.

He ended the campaign with 10 assists and two goals in 30 league appearances.

Right Winger: Ayubu Lyanga (Coastal Union)

The winger, who had in the past turned out for Zambia's Zanaco, has redeemed himself and for the second season he showed he has the talent to play for a better team than Coastal Union.

He scored eight goals, and created a further eight for his team-mates.

Striker: Meddie Kagere (Simba)

Kagere truly is evergreen. He became the first player to score 20 league goals in two consecutive seasons when he ended the campaign with 22 strikes to his name.

Those who are discounting Kagere due to penalties taken (six) fail to mention that excluding penalties from his tally, he would still be the top scorer. He has assisted a further seven goals while playing six fewer games than last season.

Striker: Waziri Shentembo (Mbao FC)

Waziri scored 13 goals, including five in the last month of the campaign, as Mbao FC avoided direct relegation by the skin of their teeth. He scored match winners in four games to contribute 12 points.

Left Winger: Yusuph Mhilu (Kagera Sugar)

Mhilu has been brilliant and it would be no surprise if he returns back to Yanga who have struggled for goals.

The speed merchant scored in 12 different league games. Only one of his 13 goals came via the penalty spot.